Mimeta has been working within culture and development since 2006. The organization is organized as a Norwegian limited company with charitable statutes. Mimeta is working from Arendal (NO), and the management is headed by Mr. Cato Litangen.
Cato Litangen, managing director of Mimeta.
Mimeta is involved in culture sector development, by the means of financial support, knowledge building and professional advises. The activities are financially supported by the Norwegian Ministriy of Foreign Affars and the Dutch Stichting DOEN. Funders are always welcome to take part in our extensive work.
In the Arabic speaking countries we have partnerships with Tunisian, Lebanese, Maroccan and Syrian service providers to the arts, like Al Mawred, L ´Art Rue, Racines and Ettijahat. The activities comprise the whole region. Still they are consentrated, on organisational development, policy observancy and advocacy, cultural research and planning, and the fostering of socially engaged arts practises.
In Africa south of Sahara Mimeta is engaged in Sothern, East- and West-Africa, in addition to the longlasting partnership with the Pan-African Arterial Network - who is running ArtWatch Africa to protect the universial artistic rights on the continent. Prominent millieus like Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe and Bayimba Cultural Foundation in Uganda are among our partners, as well as Ishyio Arts Centre in Rwanda, Reseau Culturel (Kya) in Mali.
For both the Arabic and African regions we are working in close cooperation with European and American foundations and organisations. Most often we meet withStichting DOEN, Africalia, Goethe Institute, British Council, Ford Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, Open Society and European Cultural Foundation.
In the Scandinavian region Mimeta represents the spesialized expertice on the cultural rights and cultural sector development within the international development cooperation. The work of Mimeta is conducted in line with Norwegian policy on cultural relations in foreign affairs, and has close cooperation with the culture desk in the ministry. The policy area was drafted in an inclusive process during 2012 and 2013, and was presented as white paper to Parliament in the same session. The part of the policy concerning international development cooperation was named "Strenghtening the cultural sector in developing countries". Since the public elections for parliament the same year, and the conservative/ liberal posistion entered government, the allocations has been reduced from 110 in 2013 till 85 million NOK in 2017. There is now a proposition to reduce the number to 45 million NOK for 2018.
In 2016 the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) was closed down by the Danish Government. Sweden used to have a very strong position within cultural sector development, but terminated most of the activities conducted by The Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA) in the years after 2006. There are still some initiatives performed. Swedish Institute (Si) work on cultural issues, like exchange, but strongly linked Swedish counterparts.
This negative trend in Scandinavia is a reflection of a more focused priority on the international level, manifested e.g. in the development goals. In the Scandinavian countries cultural rights and culture sector development is obviously not high on the agenda within the right winged development policies. It is however an interest in keeping cultural and artistic rights within a right based policy appoch. The Norwegian experience during the last five years suggests such an assuption.
The board of Mimeta:
Pål Christensen (Chair):
Lawyer running his own practice.
Ellen K. Aslaksen:
Social antropologist and dean at Oslo National Academy of Arts.
Sivil Engineer and managing director of Csub Composites.
Per Kr. Lunden:
MA in Mass communication. Journalist and mayor of Risør Municipality.