Official partner
associate status

With the support of:
African Union
Ford Foundation
Agency of International Cooperation for Development
Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)

Welcome to the OCPA Home Page

OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level.

OCPA has set up its World Wide Web resource centre at, offering access to a wide range of African cultural information.

OCPA Recognized as Official Partner of UNESCO
(Associate Status)

After being admitted to the consultative status in 2011, OCPA was reclassified into the associate status with UNESCO at the 191st session of the Executive Board, held in April 2013. This status is the official recognition of a continuous and substantial co-operation developed between UNESCO and OCPA for the implementation of their shared objectives since the creation of the Observatory.  » 

Directory of African Cultural Administration Training Centres

The data collected on 70 African institutions and programmes is now accessible on line.  » 

Compendium of Reference Documents for Cultural Policies in Africa  » 

OCPA News Published

Issue no. 435, December 2023 of the newsletter OCPA News has been published and may be downloaded.

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OCPA, 15 years already!

Yes, the year 2020 is indeed the year of the 15th anniversary of the legal birth of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa.  » 

Call for Cooperation

Are you planning meetings, research activities or publications of interest to the users of the OCPA web site?

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