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 BPN Newsletter Issue No 30, May 2002 


Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa

An Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) is being set up to monitor cultural trends and national cultural policies in the region and enhance their integration in human development strategies through advocacy, information, research, capacity building, networking, co-ordination and co-operation at the regional and international levels

The Observatory was born out of a need for a common structure dedicated to the task of collecting information on ongoing policies, local and national initiatives, and regional and international trends. It also aims to provide a forum to analyse cultural policies in order to provide guidelines to encourage further research.

The Observatory is supported by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Ford Foundation and UNESCO. Its interim Secretariat is currently located in Maputo, Mozambique. Its web site, one of the focal points of the observatory, is at

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