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“The quietest are often the best speakers when given the opportunity”

Bernard Weber

Our vision is to train active, aware, creative and critical citizens for tomorrow’s world.

Our mission is to democratise the practice of the arts and orality as tools for personal, professional and socio-economic development in a context of socio-ecological transition.

To organise training and learning activities in public speaking, both face-to-face and online, on a global scale.

Forge strong partnerships with organisations specialising in orality or in a related field in order to broaden our impact and their effects for the benefit of our target audiences.

RIPAO has the following objectives

To encourage artistic creativity and innovation in the field of the arts and orality;

  • Promote intercultural exchange and mutual understanding through the arts and oral traditions;
  • To build the capacity of artists, educators and cultural players in the field of the arts and oral traditions;
  • To contribute to the preservation and enhancement of oral heritage through research and documentation initiatives;
  • Promote social inclusion and equal opportunities through access to the arts and oral traditions for all;
  • Contribute to the endogenous and exogenous development of oral traditions;
  • To make orality a driving force for development.

Since its General Assembly in February 2024, the Réseau international pour la promotion de l’Art oratoire (RIPAO) has undertaken a significant evolution by becoming the International Network for the Promotion of Arts and Orality (INPAO), after ten years of existence.

This change of name reflects INPAO’s desire to broaden its scope to include the promotion of the arts. Although INPAO’s main areas of intervention remain Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, the organisation is now working with partners in other regions of the world.

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