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The Observatory of Cultural Practices in Africa (OCPA) is an independent pan-African organization designed "to enhance the development of national policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies." With substantial support from other organizations such as UNESCO and the Ford Foundation, the OCPA continues to develop this website as a place where both cultural policy experts and cultural organizations can come to find helpful resources. A good place to start is the "Activities" section of the site, as it brings together information about the OCPA's meetings, databases, and publications. While the databases are still in development, users can take a look at their archived electronic newsletters here, which are published fortnightly and extend back to 2002. The site's "Resources" section is probably one of the most helpful, as it includes cultural policy documents (including reports on the cultural policy of Botswana) along with a list of external links to the homepages of such African cultural institutions as the African Books Collective and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.
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