Capacity building in community-based inventorying

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 82,080 granted in 2019
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 02/09/2019 - 31/03/2021
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Djibouti


Implemented by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Culture and Charitable Assets of the Republic of Djibouti’s Department of Culture, this nine-month project aimed at strengthening national capacities for inventorying elements of intangible cultural heritage with a view to safeguarding them. The proposed project also aimed to train more than sixty participants through capacity-building workshops that will focus on community-based inventorying and the preparation of safeguarding plans and requests for International Assistance under the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund of the 2003 Convention. The project covered three regions, each associated with different communities of the Afar, Arab and Somali populations.

The Republic of Djibouti has finalized its first national inventory of intangible cultural heritage elements with support from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund. This effort is part of a series of awareness-raising workshops on the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage organized from 2018 by the Ministry of Muslim Affairs, Culture and Waqfs.

The project has significantly strengthened the capacity of Afar, Arab, and Somali communities in the implementation of the 2003 Convention. More than 40 participants were able to familiarize themselves with its principles and mechanisms. Thus, representatives of communities, holders of intangible heritage, members of civil society, researchers and government officials have benefited from training, strengthening collaboration between the various cultural actors in the country. These trainings focused on the establishment of inventories, the elaboration of national plans for the safeguarding of heritage, nomination files and requests for international assistance. The project culminated in the collaborative production of the first national inventory with the active participation of communities, which now includes nine intangible heritage elements.

The Djibouti authorities have also demonstrated their commitment to the project of setting up a National Committee in charge of intangible cultural heritage in order to continue the momentum for the safeguarding of Djibouti’s living heritage.

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