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Building Platforms for Creative Collaboration in the SADC region


Pro Helvetia Johannesburg has, since 1998, been investing in transnational collaborations, exchanges and joint projects among organisations and creative practitioners operating across the SADC region, with finance from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


Last year (2014) was used to refresh and renew the existing approach in this area, with a view to providing a basis for medium to long term investments in networks and platforms that have a shared interest in building a stronger regional creative fabric.


In this context, at the beginning of 2014 we invited organisations that have either an established or emergent engagement in this area to propose a joint initiative or project that would involve partners in at least two other countries in the region, and which would in turn furnish a basis for developing plans for a more extended collaborative engagement over the ensuing 3-5 year period.


In 2014 we selected 3 initiatives on a modest scale (circa ZAR175 000) to develop and test possibilities for enabling future regional collaboration among organisations that address one or more of three broad priorities that we think are important based on our past work in the following areas:

  • creative collaboration and exchange between individuals and organisations across the region, generating new work;
  • circulation and presentation of new work and creative talent across the region, building new markets and audiences;
  • developing the professional capacities of creative practitioners and organisations.

Under this definition the SADC region is understood to include the following countries:

Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Seychelles, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Zambia, and Zimbabwe).


Please feel free to lodge any inquiries via




Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

Swiss Arts Council

Heerengracht Building

PO Box 31532

87 De Korte Street

Braamfontein 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa


Tel. +27 11 403 1880

Fax. +27 11 403 1605