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Hivos reflects on Cultural Fund Malawi

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

CHIYAMWAKA —We are also looking at how we can support arts

An evaluation report for the Cultural Fund Malawi (CFM) is out, thanks to efforts of an independent consultant who shared the document with the Norwegian government’s foreign ministry through the Malawi Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Hivos representative, Baldwin Chiyamwaka, confirmed the development Tuesday, acknowledging that CFM has become a financial oasis for the creative industry.

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“The CFM Grants Management Committee and Hivos Southern Africa held a meeting in February this year in Lilongwe, where they discussed support to sectors linked with arts and culture not only in Malawi but other countries in Southern Africa as well.

“We are developing such a plan based on our support through CFM. Among other issues, we are also looking at how we can support arts and cultural practitioners in terms of economic empowerment,” Chiyamwaka said.

He added that one of the focus areas was the role of women and girls in arts and culture.

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Players that have benefitted from CFM include Blantyre Arts Festival, University of Malawi, Lake of Stars Festival and National Arts Schools Youth Festival.

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