South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
arts & culture
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

MEASURING & VALUING SOUTH AFRICA’S CULTURAL & CREATIVE ECONOMY

Florence Majachani

Florence is a specialist in cultural governance, advocacy, cultural rights, citizenship and creative industries. She has over ten years’ experience facilitating the development and adoption of more efficient and culture-sensitive development policies and programmes in Africa. From 2005 to 2006 she worked as a teacher teaching African History at high school in Zimbabwe. In 2007 she joined the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa as Liaison Officer. Between 2008 and 2012 she worked as a researcher for Arterial Network, a dynamic, civil-society network of artists, cultural activists, entrepreneurs, enterprises, NGOs, institutions, and donors working in Africa’s cultural sectors. In 2011, she was commissioned by Nhimbe Trust to develop a Creative Civil Society’s National Plan of Action on the Arts and Culture for Zimbabwe.

She is the author of a cultural policy profile of Zimbabwe which is featured on the World Compendium on Cultural Policies website (World CP), a web-based database of national profiles, which is expanding the highly-regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe to include Australia, Asian, African and Latin American countries. Towards the end of 2012 she was selected to participate in the UNESCO expert training aimed at nurturing African experts on the implementation of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In 2013 she was commissioned by Arterial Network to prepare initial research on the African Cultural Barometer which was presented at the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Hildesheim Germany, 2014.

She has also consulted as an independent researcher for Africalia, Hivos, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, Zimbabwe-Germany Society, Nhimbe Trust, Arterial Network, University of Zimbabwe and Tswane University of Technology among other organisations. She has written numerous cultural policy papers and presented at local, regional and international gatherings and conferences on cultural policy. Currently a member of the Cultural Policy Task Team for Arterial Network, Florence holds Honours in Theatre Arts and Masters in Arts and Culture Management degrees.

Florence Majachani