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).

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Culture / sensibilisation por le développement
Formation professionelle
Emploi & développement économique
Culture & loisirs
Formation professionnelle
Développement de petites et moyennes entreprises
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.

Groupes cibles

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

Effets à moyen terme


  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



Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
  • 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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   900'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   786'253
Phases du projet Phase 6 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019   (Active)

Phase 5 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2016   (Active)