The powerhouse that is the Sub-Saharan Africa region has long been known for its creative production and artistic contributions to the international arts and culture scene, providing fantastic potential opportunities. This report provides the first steps for the Cultural Skills team to engage with the region around international best practices, working in collaboration with regional experts to promote and strengthen professional skills across the sector. With a large but vulnerable youth demographic, the potential for impact through skills development, better graduate preparedness and showcasing of African success stories is great.

This generous research is an attempt to review the skills inventories of the cultural sector in different countries, a tool to build the necessary partnership, as well as to create opportunities to develop transformational interventions. It is our hope that by focusing on this vital but often hidden sphere of activity and value, the creative economy-ecology in Africa will benefit today and in the future.