Cultural Programme Tanzania (CPT)

Project completed

This programme uses a comprehensive approach to promote local culture and livelihood opportunities for young artists, and for social cohesion. It aims to do so through institutional and specific projects’ support. The programme is in alignment with SDC’s Culture and Development Policy that supports devoting a minimum of 1% of SDC’s operational budget in a country to initiatives in the local artistic and culture sector.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Culture / development awareness
Employment & economic development
Culture & recreation
SME development
01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019
CHF 906'000

The arts and culture sector in Tanzania is very promising given the rich diversity and traditions of its people but most of the creative industries remain underdeveloped. With over 45 million people and 120 tribes, Tanzania offers a true cultural mix of tribal traditions especially in music and dance. The Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) has been promoting and supporting various aspects of the Tanzanian culture since 2005, both the conservation of the very diverse tribal traditional arts and contemporary and creative arts. The Cooperation Office in Tanzania recognizes the continuing need for partnership and support of Tanzanian (accomplished and emerging) artists as well as other cultural events and initiatives. This programme would further enhance SDC’s development objectives and contribute to supporting an independent and diverse culture sector and promoting intercultural dialogue and exchange as a means of encouraging cultural diversity, inclusion, social cohesion and peaceful relations.


To contribute to the emergence of a lively, inclusive and diversified art and culture scene that provides livelihood opportunities and promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange.

Target groups

Organisations, associations, businesses and individuals working in the creative and cultural sectors (includes higher education institutions, local authorities & social enterprises).

Medium-term outcomes
  1. DCMA and Sauti za Busara are recognized nationally and internationally as important pillars of Tanzania’s culture scene.
  2. The attractiveness of arts and culture as source of livelihood has improved.



Expected results:  

  • Increased diversity and balance among DCMA students regarding their geographic origin (Unguja vs. Pemba, Zanzibar vs. Mainland, urban vs. rural areas) and gender.
  • The institutional framework and management capacity of DCMA are strengthened.
  • Relevant platforms, markets and professional networks for artists are developed.
  • Greater balance of support by SDC to upcountry artists and cultural scene vs Dar es Salaam-based.

Results from previous phases:  

  • DCMA’s reputation has noticeably improved both nationally and internationally. Graduates from the Academy have managed to secure jobs and improve their financial security.
  • The institutional framework and quality of teaching at DCMA has improved.
  • A group of selected artists now produce better quality music and have gained local recognition.
  • Local culture, in particular music, has better visibility in Tanzania.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO

Other partners
  • Backstoppers
  • Development Partners Group Culture (DPG C)
  • SDC Regional Office in Harare
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   906'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   867'050
Project phases

Phase 6 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Phase 5 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)