ADS2021: Day Seven


Advocacy paper on Harnessing Culture and Heritage for economic transformation

Discussion with African academics and experts on “Harnessing Culture and Heritage for economic transformation”

Discussion on Harnessing Culture and Heritage for economic transformation

In this high-level conversation on “Harnessing Culture and Heritage for Economic Transformation,” African experts debate on changing narratives about the continent and harnessing Africa’s rich cultural heritage and assets as critical levers for growth and sustainable development.

The conversation explores the interlinkages between sustainable development and cultural heritage and cultural landscape in Africa, drawing on the emphasis placed on the transformational role of culture and cultural heritage in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063, particularly the latter’s emphasis on African culture and identity as one of the key underpinnings of Africa’s socio-economic transformation.

The experts exchange perspectives on promoting the developmental impact of the continent’s rich cultural heritage, including promoting African languages, music and arts and the empowerment of artists and creators and how to unleash the potential of the creative industries for Africa’s sustainable development.

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North Africa - History Of Africa with Zeinab Badawi [Episode 7]

North Africa - History Of Africa with Zeinab Badawi [Episode 7]

In this episode Zeinab Badawi’s exploration of Africans’ rich history focuses on North Africa. She goes to Morocco to find out about the original inhabitants of the region in particular the Berbers or Amazigh as they prefer to be called.

Zeinab visits Carthage in Tunisia and explains who the Carthaginians were and their place in Africa’s history. She also looks at the great Berber kings and how they managed to retain their influence when North Africa came under Roman rule.

Zeinab visits some of the most extensive and least visited ancient sites in Algeria built under the Romans.



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