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Sub Saharan Africa Creative Economy Programme

The Sub Saharan Africa Creative Economy programme is a three year programme that aims to improve employability and increase the impact that creative enterprises have on enhancing opportunities for young people.

Maganga Mwagogo

Fashion DNA, our Creative Enterprise programme taking place in Sudan

The Sub Saharan Africa Creative Economy programme will focus on supporting young people, aged 18 – 35 in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa. The programme intends to increase the impact that creative enterprises have on enhancing opportunties for young people within the region. 

Our research into the next generation of young people in the region and the UK tells us that people want:

  • Spaces to talk, share concerns, and support each other
  • Business skills training, and peer to peer mentorship opportunities
  • Capital to start-up creative businesses of their own

We are responding to this need over the next three years by offering individuals and organisations training in business and digital skills, networking events, access to new markets, connections to resources and finance opportunities.

The programme is for:  

  • Artists and non-artists that work or want to work in the creative economy
  • Creative entrepreneurs
  • Sector stakeholders that have an impact on outcomes for the above groups like creative hubs and sector support organisations, investors, government, academia etc.

Our programmes are delivered by partners who have a rich understanding of their creative communities, who stimulate new ways of connecting, sharing skills and knowledge between creatives in Sub Saharan Africa and the UK.

We are currently inviting proposals from UK partners to be a part of the Creative Economy programme: 

West Africa 

We’re looking for two UK delivery partners;

  • A partner for a fash tech incubator programme in Abuja, Nigeria
  • A partner for a film incubator programme in Accra, Ghana

Deadline: 12  September 2019 (closed) 

Apply now


We are seeking a UK and Zimbabwe consultant team to lead an ecosystem mapping of the creative industries in Zimbabwe from 15 October 2019 to 15 April 2020.

Deadline: 29 September 2019 

Apply now

Southern Africa

We're inviting proposals from creative hubs from the UK to take part in Hubs as Hosts; an exchange programme of hub managers across eight Southern Africa and UK

Deadline: 29 September 2019 

Apply now