Algeria/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate  

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

The top cultural priority in Algeria today is training qualified administrative personnel. With rapid development and an increasing budget, the cultural sector needs directors capable of appreciate its socioeconomic possibilities.

The funds allocated to the cultural sector should be managed rationally, and delivering art and culture to the widest cross-section of Algerian society should be a priority.

There is currently no formal training for cultural management in Algeria. There must be partnership between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Higher Education to create specific academic curricula in the field of cultural management.

Freedom of Expression and Association 

Freedom of expression and formation of institutions is guaranteed by the Algerian Constitution. The Constitution states in Article 32 that “the fundamental human and citizen’s rights and liberties are guaranteed”. It is the duty of all Algerians to transmit these fundamental rights from one generation to the next in order to preserve them. Freedom of intellectual, artistic and scientific innovation is guaranteed to all citizens (Article 32). Freedom of expression, association and meeting are also guaranteed (Article 41), as is the right to create political parties. However, this right cannot be used to violate fundamental liberties, to uproot the values and components of national identity or national unity. Political parties cannot be founded on religious, linguistic, racial, gendered, corporatist or regional bases (Article 42). The state guarantees the right to associative movement (Article 43), and has encouraged the principle through endorsing Law No. 09-31 on 04 September, 1990.

Chapter published: 11-06-2013