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Africa’s Creative Economies A Subject of a London University Study

BY 30.09.21

Africa’s creative economies got a shot in the arm with the recent publication of a report by London’s King’s College. The report, titled Understanding And Supporting Creative Economies In Africa presents a critical discussion on the role of creative intermediaries, focusing specifically on their contribution to the development of creative economies in Africa.

The report presents eight case studies of creative intermediaries at work are presented under four headings: Creative intermediaries and the role of higher education; creative intermediaries and creative workforce development in action; creative intermediaries, co-working, finance and networks and finally creative intermediaries, communities and development agendas.

With data collected across three cities involved in the network activities-  Nairobi, Lagos and Cape Town- the report highlights the key role those creative intermediaries can play in connecting development agendas (cultural, social and economic) in Africa. Additionally, the report presents five cornerstones for policy considerations to enable creative economies to thrive. The full report is accessible using the following link.

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