The Youth in Action – Culture project is being financed by the European Union and its implementing partners are Netos do Bandim Cultural Group and the Ussoforal Association. Since 2016, the objective has been to involve young people in the various districts of Bissau around culture and use it as a source of income and develop the creative economy, while contributing to the promotion of Culture as “a key lever of reconstruction and transformation of Guinea-Bissau”(Strategic and operational plan 2015 – 2020“ Terra Ranka ”) There are three cultural centers in operation – Quelélé, Enterramento and Plack II – with the completion of the Bandim cultural center in 2020. It was developed in these centers the following courses: Traditional cuisine, dance, sculpture, music, painting, theater, recycling and gender equality. Also, several cultural events were promoted during 2019 attracting 2541 participants.
In partnership with the NGO ENGIM, 316 young people were trained on entrepreneurship in the cultural area and in 2020 the six best business ideas to be financed will be selected. Through the project, 30 employees of the University Amílcar Cabral were trained in the area of Management and Cultural Policies for Development, Creativity and Innovation. The mapping of the cultural sector in Guinea Bissau has been completed.
The Creative Economy Promotion project, which began in April 2016 and lasts 48 months, aims to contribute to the development of the governance and policies of the Guinean cultural sector, promoting culture as a vector of economic growth. The project, funded by the European Union, is thus linked to the country’s Human Development plans such as Terra Ranka (2015), where it is recognizsed that Culture as “Key Lever for the reconstruction and transformation of Guinea will be highlighted and promoted” and With the Sustainable Development Goals that signal the contribution of Culture as a strategy for sustainable development.