Netflix commits 1 million USD to launch a program to support entertainment field students in Sub-Saharan Africa.

January 26, 2022

The Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for Africa (CESF) will support the next generation of storytellers in Sub-Saharan Africa by committing 1 million USD. This fund is part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund, launched in 2021, allocated to different initiatives for the next five years to develop a network of creatives worldwide.

Netflix will start open calls for applications in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Eligible countries in the SADC region include Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The Netflix CESF’s next step is to open calls for applications for students from East Africa, West and Central Africa that will be announced soon.

As an implementing partner/fund administrator in Southern Africa, it partnered with Tshikululu Social Investments, a social investment fund management and advisory firm, as an implementing partner/fund administrator in Southern Africa.

The fund handles tuition, housing, study materials, and living expenses for the 2022 academic year. It collaborated with higher educational institutions (HEI) in South Africa to help the formal qualification and training of aspiring creatives from a SADC region country hoping to study in South Africa and obtain the necessary permissions to do so.

Netflix aims to develop a diverse and passionate group of storytellers who contribute to the creative ecosystem. Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Content in Africa, stated that Netflix is committed to investing in the future of African storytelling by bringing more unique voices and diverse perspectives to African storytelling that our global audiences find appealing.

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