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Strengthening national capacities for effective intangible cultural heritage safeguarding in selected PALOP countries

Source: UNESCO

Benefitting country(ies): Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe


The project aims to built national capacity in these Portuguese speaking countries to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage. The project pays particular attention at building a critical level of experience and knowledge, both in government institutions, civil society and in selected communities. Another aim of the project is to prepare a regional cooperation mechanism amongst Lusophone countries in Africa in the spirit of the UNESCO’s Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.

Concrete outputs of the project include (1) consolidation of capacity for community based inventorying (Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe), (2) initial assessment of the needs, revisions of policy or legislative frameworks, a pool of resource persons with knowledge about the implementation of the 2003 Convention (Cabo Verde with the participation of Guinea-Bissau for selected components ), (3) an agreed road map for the establishment of a regional cooperation mechanism, including training of trainers and (4) translation of training materials into Portuguese.

Project budget: $ 1,058,905.00

Source: Norway earmarked contribution to the Fund (199GLO4000.1)

Dates of implementation: 01/01/2012 - 01/02/2016

Progress report (11-2014): English

Progress report (12-2015): English


Watch the documentary produced end 2015 on this project

News and activities:

• 2016-03-14 – Regional workshop PALOP

• 2016-02-29 – Workshop on Community-based inventory

• 2016-02-29 – Capcity building on the 2003 Convention in Guinea Bissau

• 2016-02-10 – Documentary looks at community links to heritage in Cabo Verde and Mozambique

• 2016-01-18 – Cabo Verde: tackling national ICH safeguarding

• 2015-11-23 – Final workshop in Sao Tomé and Principe: community-based inventories for a national safeguarding strategy of cultural intangible heritage

• 2015-11-09 – Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention in Angola

• 2015-10-12 – Community members in Cabo Verde taking stock of their intangible cultural heritage

• 2015-09-23 – Training workshop on community-based inventorying

• 2015-08-03 – Learning how Cabo Verde can safeguard its living heritage attracts statewide and regional attention

• 2015-07-27 – Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention

• 2015-03-30 – Workshop on community-based inventorying of living heritage

• 2014-10-27 – Workshop in Mozambique: towards a national strategy for the safeguarding of cultural intangible heritage

• 2014-10-17 – Mozambique to develop a national strategy for the safeguarding of its living heritage

• 2013-08-12 – Mozambique: workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage

• 2013-08-05 – Mozambique: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level

• 2013-08-02 – Capacity-building efforts continue in Portuguese-speaking African countries

• 2012-10-11 – New opportunities for living heritage in Portuguese speaking Africa

• 2012-10-01 – Sao Tome and Principe embarks on an intangible heritage safeguarding project

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