The objective of this chapter is to review the problems of the arts and culture sector in Ethiopia. A study of various dimensions of culture in the country clearly provides reasons why cultural governance would be beneficial for the prosperity of the sector.
This research involves an in-depth analysis of both primary and secondary data sources. A qualitative survey analysis of respondents was taken as primary data to register the beliefs and values of citizens regarding the status of culture and arts in the country. Later, research studies from development organizations, non-governmental organizations and scholars were analyzed to confirm the verdicts of the respondents.
As part of this research, the author listed the problems of various cultural sectors in different regions of the country. Each problem was studied and collective analysis was provided. The solutions are in line with the five principles of cultural governance, and they are both structural and relevant.
The existing academic literature enumerates problems in the arts and cultural sector and provides suggestions about how to improve the situation. This chapter goes a step further in enforcing the importance of cultural governance for responsible government bodies both locally and nationally. It will benefit further research in this sector, and will help to structure the work of government bodies, stakeholders and people involved in the sector within Ethiopia.
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