Benefitting country(ies): Mozambique
Implemented by the ARPAC Provincial Delegation in Manica, the project was directed at creating a local committee for the management of intangible cultural heritage in the community of Chinhambudzi, Manica Province. Despite positive results achieved in recent years in safeguarding living heritage in Mozambique, resources and a defined institutional structure for managing living heritage are still lacking. To fill this lack, this pilot project intended to establish a local committee for intangible cultural heritage management in Chinhambudzi. In the medium term, the evaluation of this pilot community management project was expected to contribute to the development of a national strategy for the decentralized management of intangible cultural heritage throughout Mozambique. Through participatory community forums, participants were encouraged to take ownership of the issues related to the creation of a local management committee and invited to develop a plan for its creation, operation and activities. These forums were followed by coordinated efforts on the ground, leading to the creation of the local management committee. To enhance the continuity of its operations and activities, members of the committee received targeted training in Mozambican legislation and procedures, as well as in managing safeguarding projects. Finally, an evaluation of this pilot experience was conducted by an independent expert, including strategic orientations and guidelines to support the development of a national strategy for the decentralized management of intangible cultural heritage in Mozambique.
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