The DOEN Foundation supports initiatives that reinforce the cultural infrastructure in North, East and West Africa, in particular in Mali, Tunisia and Uganda. The emphasis is on financing local projects and organisations and we are open to all disciplines and activities. Evaluation is based on the urgency and added value of a project within the cultural sector in the country concerned or the contribution that it makes to cooperation and innovation in the sector in an entire region.

In North Africa and the Middle East DOEN operates via Culture Resource and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC). In these countries DOEN no longer finances projects or organisations directly because Culture Resource and AFAC have more contextual information at their disposal and can therefore allocate the financing more effectively in this politically-unstable region. With the Abbara program Culture Resource supports the development of the cultural infrastructure in the Arab world. This program is a mix of culture management and institutional support. The organisation is a important support organisation for small cultural initiatives in the Arab countries in transition, especially Tunisia and Egypt. AFAC is a fund and supports young artists and cultural initiatives in the arab region.

In the field of International Media, as from 2014 DOEN works exclusively via the Media Development Investment Fund. Free and critical media are essential to a pluralistic society. MDIF is an investment fund that provides financing to independent news media in countries where press freedom is not a given. MDIF focuses on newspapers, radio stations and TV companies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Balkans. Through financial support, training and advice these media organizations will be strengthened.

A few examples

Interested in applying?
Please first read the criteria of the Culture and Media International programme.
You can find more information as well via 
If you need more information, please send an e-mail to Arjuna Hiffler Mani, Team officer,

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