South African Cultural Observatory

Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries

BY 26.04.17

A paper recently published by Nampombe Mnkeni-Saurombe from the University of South Africa and Nomusa Zimu from the Human Sciences Research Council on the role of community libraries reports on the Department of Arts and Culture’s conditional grant community library project progress. According to the abstract, tracking inequalities in society remains a serious challenge for post-apartheid South Africa. This battle calls for a multifaceted approach that involves various stakeholders including community libraries. Community libraries are internationally recognised as social institutions that can effect social and economic transformation in society. In South Africa, this is clearly manifested by the provision of a conditional government grant for the development of community libraries in the country. The Department of Arts and Culture started this project in 2007. Despite this recognition for community libraries, their role in tackling inequalities in society is not always clear. Findings from the literature and reports from the Department of Arts and Culture suggest that community libraries are playing an important role in curbing inequalities. This article also attempts to report on the progress of the Department of Arts and Culture’s conditional grant community library project. Though there has been some progress in the project but challenges still exist and more effort and support are required. It is vital that community library services be developed and sustained as these libraries can have a positive influence on the development of society.

Download the full research paper here.

Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives

GERMANY is still lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to women in culture and media, according to a comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance under the academic direction of Helmut K. Anheier, and supported by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

READ MORE
World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

THIS UNESCO report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.

READ MORE

Making Space for Culture – Handbook for City Leaders Making Space for Culture – Handbook for City Leaders

AS THE rapid development of cities places strain on affordability, many cultural spaces are threatened by displacement. How are global cities responding to artists and arts organisations on the brink?

READ MORE
EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’ EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’

THE European Commission’s recent study, 'Mapping the Creative Value Chains - A Study On The Economy Of Culture In The Digital Age', is a follow up to KEA’s ground-breaking 2006 research on the Economy of Culture in Europe.

READ MORE

More News
Aspire Art Auctions makes history in latest sale Aspire Art Auctions makes history in latest sale

Auction house fetches highest ever South African price reached for Kentridge drawing and world record for Kumalo sculpture.

SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?' SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?'

THE future of creativity and its role in our society will be a key focus area of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) third national conference, which returns to Nelson Mandela Bay in March 2018, the research institute announced today. Embracing the theme ‘Beyond the creative economy? Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies’ the 2018 conference will run over two days on 7 and 8 March 2018, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Visual intro to the SA Cultural Observatory Visual intro to the SA Cultural Observatory

WANT to know more about the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and what it does, but don't have much time? The SACO has just released a new, short(ish) introduction to the organisation on YouTube.

Domain workshop presentations available Domain workshop presentations available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just wrapped its nation-wide tour and is offering all the presentations given as open source information for those who could not attend the workshops.

Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives

GERMANY is still lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to women in culture and media, according to a comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance under the academic direction of Helmut K. Anheier, and supported by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

Connect with us