Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Part II

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 250,000
  • Source:
    • Flanders Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/03/2016 - 31/07/2017

Benefitting country(ies): Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe


The project aims at reinforcing the sub-regional cooperation platform, which was created to support seven countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) in southern Africa in their efforts to safeguard the living heritage present in their territories. Consolidating the results of previous Flanders funded projects since 2009, this platform will be driven by the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committees or the bodies responsible for intangible cultural heritage in the beneficiary countries. The project will pay due attention to the adequacy of institutional environments, abilities to set up or improve legislative and policy frameworks and the availability of national expertise. Concrete outputs of the project include the strengthening of a pool of resource persons operational in the region and a number of policy or legislative frameworks for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage as well as quantitative evidence on the impact of the project.

News and activities:

01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017 – Safeguarding and promotion of Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of Busoga Kingdom in Uganda01/07/2014 - 01/07/2017 – Support to the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nigeria