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Prospector Newsletter - Issue #8

Dear all, Welcome back from your holidays! We hope you’ve had a wonderful, relaxing time and are read

Prospector Newsletter

September 26 · Issue #8 · View online
Where media, culture and business meet around the Middle East

Dear all,
Welcome back from your holidays! We hope you’ve had a wonderful, relaxing time and are ready to begin your work refreshed. I hope you enjoyed the Summer of 2018. For me the holiday key words were: France, good food and great company. Oh yes, and the weather in Europe was not bad either.
Monique Doppert

Oriental Landscapes
The Summer began in June with Oriental Landscapes Festival, which proofed again to be one big timelapse of musical landscapes. With amongst Calefax quintet, Mohammad Motamedi, Rima Khcheich, Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, Matangi string quartet, Oene van Geel, New European Ensemble and many others. Looking forward to next year!
Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and Drosos Foundation recently announced the eight cultural institutions from the Arab region that will participate in the first cycle of the Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship (ACE) programme.
The ACE programme aims to explore new models to sustain arts and culture institutions in the Arab region with the support of experts/mentors, inspiring case studies and related readings and exercises. Each cycle consists of three workshops, tailored mentorship, and culminates in an incentive grant that allows the participating institutions to implement an innovative activity inspired by their learning during the span of the programme.
Sharing is ……
We’ve seen collaborative digital platforms, such as Uber and Airbnb, reinvent the way we hail cabs and find places to stay. So why not explore how similar digital platforms could be used to address social needs? This is exactly what Nesta’s ShareLab Fund is aiming to do. Following the success of their first round of funding last year, Nesta introduces the second group of grantees using digital platforms to relieve pressure on public services.
Visualizing your future house
How many times have you bought a couch and found out it didn’t match your carpet when it got delivered? Startupscene spoke to Reham El-Masry, the entrepreneur creating virtual realities for people to see their revamped homes through her online service Furnwish. This home-furnishing platform enables home owners to discover, visualise and interact with furniture, using immersive Augmented Reality experiences and technologies.
A Studio visit
‘A visit to Hassan Hajjaj’s London studio feels like going to see a favourite, whacky uncle, as the piles of eclectic material waiting to play their part in a future artwork.’ Produced by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation.
Investing in Global Prospects
The policy document of Dutch Minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) shows how the government is responding to international challenges and opportunities in the interests of the Netherlands.
The top 3 policy priorities are:
• The West African Sahel, the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Middle East will become the focus regions for development cooperation.
• The Netherlands will invest €60 million annually in new programmes supporting general and vocational education, employment and income equality for young people and women in the focus regions.
• Existing efforts in the fields of water, agriculture, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), climate change, the rule of law and private sector development will increasingly target the focus regions; spending in these regions will thus increase by at least one third.
The document can be found here (in Dutch), an executive summary in English is available here.
Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain
How does one get people without identity documents or a bank account into a financial and legal system where those things are prerequisites to getting a job and living a secure life? For this UN World Food Programme, the answer is: with crypto.
Progress from the Middle East is the online go-to hub for innovation, trends and best practices in the transformation of cities all over the world. 
This is the first time electric buses will be used for public transport in Egypt and across the Middle East.
Impact Investing in the Middle East
To close off with my own work-in-progress; an overview of initiatives – funds, networks etc – on impact investing in The Middle East. After a decade of working in the Arab region with funders, investors and start-ups, I noticed there is a lack of information in the field of impact investing. Therefore I compiled this text, to provide a basic overview for investors and others interested in possibilities in the region. In the next weeks I work on the list and explain more about the specific funds and investors. Suggestions for other relevant funds and investors, or ideas regarding programme implementation or further research are welcome.
Are these the future entrepreneurs in the Middle East?
Are these the future entrepreneurs in the Middle East?
1)     Techne Summit, 29/30 September - Alexandria
The next days Alexandria, Egypt, will be in the under the spell of Techne Summit. This international technology entrepreneurship event – 29 and 30 September - acts as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry. With our local partner icealex and Keith Wallace, my colleague at Hivos Impact Investments, we are programming and facilitating the Impact Investment Lounge. Please let me know if you are interested to receive the full programme.
2)     Dutch Design Week, 20-28 October - Eindhoven
Every year the Dutch Design Foundation organizes the largest design event of Northern Europe. The work and concepts of 2600 designers will be presented.
3)     Bread & Net, 19-21 November - Beirut
A so-called unconference, where activists, technologists, lawyers, artists, trainers, journalists, researchers, entrepreneurs and others from across the region will come together. The aim is to strengthen collective efforts to advance human rights in digitally networked spaces. Topics vary from language and localisation, networking, cultural and knowledge production.
4)    Valletta Atelier, 22-29 March 2019
The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC) and the Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) are launching a new partnership for festival managers from the MENA region. The call for applications for the Valletta Atelier – 22-29 March 2019 - will be launched soon.

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For the other dear readers; please continue to send me your ideas and remarks. Especially suggestions for an interesting - preferable burning - topic in the world of media, culture and business for a next expert meeting, are very welcome.
Enjoy the Autumn - the falling leaves and beautiful light - and see you next time!
 Monique Doppert
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