I have been a long-term advisor to a regional arts and culture programme in Central Asia. This Programme (2012 – 2019, budget approx. EUR 4,800,000) is encouraging diverse forms of cultural expressions such as theatre or music that positively contribute to a peaceful, inclusive and democratic transformation process in the sub-region. It provides support to institutions and projects in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The programme is currently moving away from project-support and towards institution-support – a challenging but necessary step to ensure more sustainability.
I provide the local team with advice on strategic planning (how to build an impactful and efficient programme); monitoring issues (what to measure and how to aggregate data); and on how to strengthen their Programme’s sustainability (how to identify and support actors who will gradually take over the Programme and fund it). This work is conducted principally on-site (missions to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) but also through distance coaching (regular Skype sessions).