Cultural Programme Tanzania (CPT)

A performance bz students at Dhow Music Countries Academy in Zanzibar, Tanzania © SDC

This Programme proposes a comprehensive approach in promoting local culture (mainly music) through institutional support and specific projects support based on opportunities, local knowledge and trends. CPT is moreover fully in line with SDC's Strategic Orientation for the promotion of intercultural and artistic exchanges with the South and the East (2010-2015).

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Culture / development awareness
Vocational training
Employment & economic development
Culture & recreation
Vocational training
SME development
01.09.2013 - 31.08.2016
CHF 900'000

The Swiss cooperation has been promoting and supporting various aspects of the Tanzanian culture since 2005; both the conservation of the very diverse tribal traditional arts and the encouragement and the support to contemporary and creative artists has been pursued with positive results as well as an increased visibility for Switzerland. 

The Swiss Embassy/Cooperation Office (SE/CO) in Tanzania recognizes the continuing need for partnership and support of the Tanzanian (accomplished or would-be) artists as well as the interesting opportunities offered by a cultural cooperation program – not only to improve Switzerland’s visibility in Tanzania, but to contribute to the dissemination and strengthening of positive social values, e.g. interreligious tolerance, conflict prevention, women’s rights, etc. The SE/CO developed this proposal based on previous experiences and lessons learned.


To contribute to the emergence of a lively and diversified cultural scene (with a strong focus on music) in Tanzania that gives a voice and livelihood opportunities to young artists.

Target groups

Young artists, arts managers/producers participating in activities/courses organised by the aforementioned; CSOs and/or cultural associations

Medium-term outcomes


  1. The skills of Tanzanian musicians are improved
  2. The musical stage artists are better linked and strengthened
  3. Local culture (in particular music) has greater visibility in Tanzania



Results from previous phases:  

The previous phase of CPT made a significant contribution to local cultural activities. It was quite diversified, supporting 17 different projects ranging from traditional dance, music and film festivals to exchanges with Swiss musicians. It targeted mainly the youth and provided them with alternative ways to gain knowledge and build self-esteem as well as with constructive means of recreation. It also succeeded in developing youth capacities and skills. Lessons learned from CPT IV pointed at the need for a more structured and focused approach in support of local musicians and music.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Dhow Countries Music Academy, Mostly institutions that are either CSOs/independent entities – such as NGOs, associations, theatres – or institutions that are formally reporting to the State – such as “cultural houses” or university departments

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   900'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   786'253
Project phases Phase 6 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019   (Active)

Phase 5 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2016   (Active)