Annotated Bibliography for participatory tools and methods in arts and culture

This annotated bibliography exhibits 30 diverse resources, including participatory tools and methods for working in the field of arts and culture. These sources ranged from toolkits, training and guidance manuals, research papers, articles, and online platforms.

This bibliography was developed as part of content development for the Ebtedy platform by the Collective Routes Team in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut – 2023.


Annotated Bibliography for participatory tools and methods in arts and culture


Mohamed Yassein

Case Studies: Participation and Inclusion

Collective Routes Team developed those five case studies highlighting organizations collaborating with local communities. These case studies will centre on fostering participation and inclusion within the organisations and their broader stakeholders.

These case studies are outcomes of larger consultancies, specifically:

  1. Evaluation and documentation of the “Youth in Action” project executed by Alwan w Awtar and supported by the Drosos Foundation.
  2. YPE-DAPP, led by Oxfam, aimed at showcasing partner organizations’ capacities to integrate inclusivity and other organizational and developmental values at various levels.

Here are the five case studies:

  1. Organizational Culture Evolution: Alwan w Awtar’s Journey This case study delves into the transformation of Alwan w Awtar’s organizational culture over time.
  2. Arts and Community Integration: Alwan w Awtar’s Approach in Underserved Communities Explore how Alwan w Awtar has utilized arts and community-integrated approaches to uplift less privileged communities.
  3. Inclusive Workplace and Environment: BasharSoft’s Forasna Platform Investigate BasharSoft’s efforts towards inclusivity within its internal workplace culture and external environment, focusing on the Forasna platform.
  4. Empowering Women: Better Life Association’s Participatory Approach Discover how Better Life Association fosters inclusivity and empowerment among women through a participatory process, emphasizing tools for sustainable community development.
  5. Diversity and Inclusivity in El Rehla: Examining External Variables This case study analyzes El Rehla’s approach to inclusivity across seven external variables: gender, geography, age, industries, startup’ stages, languages, and stakeholders.

Amira Hossam

Building Partnerships Toolbox

This Toolbox aims to provide various tools to help different organisations and initiatives willing to develop authentic and sustainable partnerships. Since the journey of building partnerships varies based on partners and the type of partnership they seek, this toolbox offers separate tools that can be used at different phases of the partnership journey. The toolbox includes 20 tools: they can be used individually or with your team or your partners from other organisations.

The Tandem programme, which was developed and implemented by the Cultural Exchange department of MitOst in 2011 (which is now a part of the newly established entity zusa), collected these tools from various sources, which were adapted according to the program’s needs. So, do not hesitate to adapt these tools based on your team’s needs as well. These tools were published under the Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0). So, do not forget to mention zusa and other primary sources when reusing any of these tools. The Collective Routes team worked on reformulating the English tools and then translated them into Arabic through cooperation with the All-Around Culture project.

The toolkit is available in both Arabic and English.

Shaimaa Atef

Ebtedy Platform

Ebtedy is an Egypt-based digital knowledge platform for the creative industries and cultural management. It makes information and practical tools in Arabic and English for creatives who seek to turn their ideas into reality. Ebtedy offers abundant free resources created by practitioners, experts, innovators, multipliers, alumni, and trainers, as well as best practice examples and lessons from cultural actors in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. Find out how other creatives overcame challenges, attracted investors, developed marketing strategies, and ultimately established themselves in the creative industries – to become a beacon of inspiration and courage for many others.

The content on this platform was inspired by material produced by the Cultural and Creative Industries project. The project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Goethe-Institut on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).” Cultural and creative industries as a driver of employment – support for women in a future-oriented sector:

Starting September 2023, Collective Routes LLC became the operator and responsible for the Ebtedy platform.

The contents of this website were initially created by:

You can access the full content of Ebtedy from the below link


Shaimaa Atef