Open Call for participation in two of Med Culture Capacity Development workshops on “Advocacy for Culture”

Open Call for participation in two of Med Culture Capacity Development workshops on “Advocacy for Culture”

Med Culture, an EU-funded Regional Programme, is launching another call for participation in two Peer to Peer (P2P) workshops addressing the theme “Advocacy for Culture”.

Capacity development is a Med Culture core activity that provides cultural practitioners working in different cultural fields, both from the civil society and public sectors, with the opportunity to discuss common challenges and share experiences with their peers in the involved South Mediterranean countries. The current P2P format is based on selecting candidates through an open call methodology, which allows broader segments of cultural practitioners to participate.

Advocacy for Culture

In general, advocacy actions require a clear definition of objectives and well-established arguments, which can be adapted to address diverse target groups, as well as building and implementing various initiatives that can influence the decision-making process. In other words, advocacy actions need to be accomplished through a workable methodology.

In this context, developing advocacy actions for culture is about elaborating a discourse that promotes the value of culture as an asset that can be further developed through building strategic alliances. It involves opening doors of dialogue between civil society actors in the culture sector and the respective government institutions. Advocacy for culture shall also look into the cross cutting dimension of culture and the necessity to connect with other fields.  Therefore, it is important to develop a deep understanding of the target groups, their references, their priorities and their practices, allowing an effective communication with the help of an array of tools that need to be carefully designed and implemented to inform people who may not share the same language.

The workshops are designed in a way that provides the participants with the possibility to get some input from the facilitating experts as well as from their peers, considering that some project presentations that will be submitted by the candidates will serve as case studies to be debated and developed during the workshops.

Deadline for submitting applications: 4 February 2016

The call is targeting 20 cultural practitioners from South Mediterranean countries, aged between 25 and 45 years at the time of application.

Selected candidates will participate in two capacity development workshops:

  • The first 3-day workshop is scheduled to take place in the first week of April 2016 in Casablanca, Morocco
  • The second workshop will be scheduled sometime in winter 2016 or 2017

What is expected from the selected candidates?  

The present call is an open invitation to cultural practitioners to share their experiences, enrich their capacities while exchanging and reflecting on the theme of “Advocacy for culture”.

Selection process

 candidates are selected based on their CV and a motivation letter explaining their interest in joining these workshops. The selection jury is composed of experts including one member of Med Culture team. 

Selection criteria

Candidates should:

  • have a strong command of Arabic. Knowledge of French OR English is a requirement.
  • work in the cultural field within civil society/cultural organisations, the public sector, or as freelancers.
  • be committed to participate in both workshops related to the subject
  • be residents in one of the involved countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Candidates with Syrian or Libyan nationality who come from the civil society sector and who reside in their country or elsewhere are also eligible.

Since the workshops are designed according to a Peer to Peer format, the profiles of the participants are essential for the content of the sessions. Therefore candidates should have notions of advocacy and willing to address the issues that will be tackled during the workshop:

  • Building a discourse to promote the value of culture
  • Knowledge of/ and collaboration with different sectors of the public field (and not only culture): urbanism, civil society, minority groups, higher education, tourism, cooperation and development, etc.
  • designing and leading campaigns including fields related to culture
  • involvement in election processes or similar advocacy initiatives  
  • involvement  in the field of cultural policies

Travel and accommodation expenses are taken in charge by Med Culture.

Application process

Send your:

  1. CV in French, English or Arabic (education, current activities, etc.), with your full name and birth date as they figure in your passport
  2. Motivation letter explaining your interest in these two workshops (why are you interested to participate and what objective do you plan to achieve or develop).
  3. Presentation of any ongoing advocacy-related projects, only if the candidate is involved in such activities. This presentation is not compulsory. A few presentations will be selected to be used as case study during the workshop.

Candidates need to make sure that the CV, motivation letter, and project presentation are submitted in one file of maximum 4 pages for the whole application in Arabic, French or English to send to: and to 

For inquiries please contact

Results will be announced on 15 February, 2016

Selected candidates will be informed by e-mail.

Med Culture is a 4-year (2014-2018) regional programme funded by the European Union to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the culture sector. The approach is consultative/participative and takes place in partnership with civil society actors, ministries, private and public institutions involved in culture as well as other related sectors.

Med Culture’s ultimate goal is to pave the way towards the development of institutional and social environments that will confirm culture as vector for freedom of expression and sustainable development.

More specifically to:

1. Improve the governance of the culture sector including promotion of interministeriale cooperation, elaboration of national action plans for culture, and improving organisational structures in cooperation with peers across the region.

2. Strengthen mutual development of capacities among peers of civil society organisations (CSOs,) and public and private sectors.

3. Broaden the base by involving young generations, developing activities and audiences in peripheries, promoting cross sector collaborations and collaborations among cultural practitioners across the region.

4. Promote sharing and access to information of available resources online and best practices through Med Culture’s website.