Zimbabwe/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

Funding for the arts and culture in Zimbabwe is generally weak. According to the Cultural Statistics Survey conducted by the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust in collaboration with ZimStat, about 76.3 percent of artists in Harare and surrounding areas of Norton, Chitungwiza, Epworth and Ruwa cited lack of funding as the greatest challenge which they meet in their everyday work.

The economy is still experiencing a slowdown process with the real GDP growth having been estimated to have decelerated to 3.7% in 2013 from an estimated 4.4% in 2012. The direct impact of this is continued minimal investment into the arts and culture sector by the corporate sector. The corporate sector remains largely absent from cultural funding with the exception of high-profile events.

The government is still locked up in huge external debt burden. Poverty is still rampant. In 2011, 72.3% of all Zimbabweans were considered poor, whilst 62.6% of the households in Zimbabwe are deemed poor. It is unlikely that arts and culture will make it to the top of government priorities in the next ten years hence the need to continue collaborating with international funding partners to grow the sector. Currently government funding for the sector is very minimal.


Chapter published: 07-04-2015


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