Algeria/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

The most involved ministry in the cultural sector (except the Ministry of Culture) is without doubt the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It organizes several cultural and artistic activities throughout the country including such festivals as: the National Festival of Recreational Sport for Youth, National Festival for Youth "Hip Hop", National Festival for Musical Interpretation (duo and individual), National Festival for Youth Monologue, National Festival for Youth Patriotic Song, National Festival for Youth Popular Dance, National Festival for Child Theater, National Festival for Youth Fanfare, National Meeting for Youth Short Films, National Meeting for Youth websites, National Meeting for Youth Digital Photo …

Youth establishment under different names (Youth centers, Cultural centers, Community halls, entertainment centers of proximity …) located in the 48 governorates are jointly managed by the Directorate of Youth and sport (decentralized services of the ministry) and the offices of the institutions of youth who are administrative organisms (under the supervision of the Minister of Youth and Sports)1. Many youth organizations are ruled by The Associations Law 90/31.

Inter-ministerial cooperation in Algeria is weak, or at least not so visible. However, some MOC initiatives are launched in collaboration with other ministries. As for the material heritage, there is a coordination of heritage protection actions with ministries of Tourism, Interior, National Defense and Finances. For example, we may find specific training courses delivered jointly by MOC and the General Directorate for National Security to combat illicit trafficking in national cultural heritage. These courses are devoted to specialized units of judiciary police and frontiers police.

In 2012, a large official "celebration of the 50th anniversary of independence" was launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Mujahideen. This celebration included a large number of festivals and artistic and cultural events in many Algerian cities.

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Algerian embassies abroad often collaborate with MOC. For example, to prepare for the Second Pan-African Festival of Algiers 2009, all the Algerian embassies in Africa were requested to prepare lists of potential invited artists and to submit them to MOC.

In 2012, this work was limited to a number of Algerian embassies in some capitals carrying out art and cultural events within the framework of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Algeria. Probably the most important events were organized and carried out by the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris.

[1]   This dual management is due to the vagueness of the statute that governs these institutions remained unchanged since 1962, which is detrimental to their management. In addition, lack of financial resources, several directors of these institutions have created associations, non-profit to take advantage of land grants which makes the issue of managing more complex. Several of these establishments are deadlocked. 

Chapter published: 03-05-2013