Ghana Music Documentation Project

Mapping Cultural Diversity, Promoting Sustainable Musical Futures

The Ghana Music Documentation Project is a practice and policy-oriented research project that seeks to develop interventions at the juncture of empirical research and cultural policy. The two major objectives of the project are, first, the development of an interactive online database of Ghana’s creative economy that will comprehensively map music institutions, practitioners, and stakeholders and, second, the critical and empirically-based analysis of cultural policy formulation and implementation. The interactive database that the Ghana Music Documentation Project seeks to develop will constitute a unique and sustainable tool to the benefit of researchers as well as policy makers, practitioners, communities, and the public at large.

The first-year implementation phase of the project will run from 2018–2019 and is generously funded by the Directorate of Research, Innovation & Consultancy at the University of Cape Coast.

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Performing Sustainability

Cultures and Development in West Africa

The interdisciplinary Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability’ is a collaborative training network for graduate students by the University of Hildesheim (Germany), the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). The initiative focuses on innovative research that brings together approaches from performance, arts and culture to bear on sustainable development as defined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A specific focus lies on issues of peace and conflict resolution. Within the framework of the Graduate School, 12 Ph.D. and 6 Master’s students from Nigeria and Ghana receive scholarships to pursue their research projects.

The Graduate School is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It runs from 2016–2021.

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