At the 2010 Harare International Festival of the Arts, the Commonwealth Foundation and Arterial Network announced a strategic relationship that will see them working together to help develop African cultural policy. The two organizations will join forces to assist African governments and civil society networks in developing, monitoring, and evaluating national cultural policies and their implementation. According to the Commonwealth Foundation website,
“The lack of strong and supportive policy environments for culture has been identified as a challenge in many Commonwealth countries, 20 of which are in Africa. At the 2009 Commonwealth Summit in Trinidad and Tobago, civil society called on Commonwealth Heads of Government to strengthen the creative and cultural industries in member countries through the implementation of strong and sustainable frameworks. To help to address this, Arterial Network has established a Cultural Policy Task Group, with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation for its work in Commonwealth African countries.
“The twelve-member Task Group (with seven members from African Commonwealth countries) had its first meeting during the 2010 Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) to consider proposals for a cultural policy framework based on existing international and African cultural policy documents, declarations, and conventions. The Task Group also debated a tool to evaluate progress in cultural development as a means to devise informed interventions as appropriate.”