General inventory of the intangible cultural heritage

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 24,770 granted in 2009
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/03/2010 - 30/09/2011

Benefitting country(ies): Togo


The project aimed to realize a general inventory of the intangible cultural heritage of Togo to contibute to the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level. The main objectives were to identify the elements of the intangible cultural heritage; develop safeguarding measures and identify the elements to be nominate to the Convention’s Lists; strengthen the capacity in inventory; establish a bureau in charge of the intangible cultural heritage; and create a network of expertise in Togo’s regions.
The project was conducted by the National Commission of Cultural Heritage. Audiovisual materials were purchased to support the data collection. A two-day workshop on audiovisual technique was followed by an inventory training workshop, conducted in collaboration with Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (School of African Heritage), and a manual and guide for inventory-making were established. Data were collected throughout the country concerning in particular rites and rituals, dance, traditional games, oral traditions and expressions such as epics, proverbs, tales and riddles.
The project was implemented according to schedule and closed in January 2012.

01/09/2009 - 01/12/2011 – A series of pilot projects in community-based intangible heritage inventorying on a grassroots-level in six selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa20/04/2011 - 21/07/2011 – Safeguarding cultural heritage aspects of Njelele