Flanders Trust Fund

The Government of Flanders of the Kingdom of Belgium and UNESCO signed a partnership agreement in 1988, creating UNESCO/Flanders Trust Fund. The focus of the cooperation is capacity-building and the construction of a knowledge society.

In 2009, the Flemish Government began supporting the field of intangible cultural heritage by financing “a A series of pilot projects in community-based intangible heritage inventorying on a grassroots level in six selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa” ($275,000 USD). In 2010 and beyond, the Flemish Government intends to strengthen its support for safeguarding intangible heritage by funding more capacity-building in Africa and the development of concepts and materials for a travelling exhibition on the theme of intangible heritage and sustainable development.

In April 2010, the Flemish Government contributed to the exhibition entitled ‘Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage: an American and Flemish Dialogue’

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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 (Phase III)05-2018/06-2019, Botswana - Lesotho - Malawi - Namibia - Eswatini - Zambia - Zimbabwe

 

The project is designed as the third and final stage in the efforts to strengthen sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in Southern African countries in their implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The main objective is to effectively support the continuity of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding processes in the seven countries, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, through the Southern African Intangible Cultural Heritage (SAICH) platform. National structures (established through previous project phases) will be assisted in their strategic planning and implementation of safeguarding projects, through the activities of information and exchange, research and training. Substantive collaboration at the sub-regional level through the SAICH platform will also lead to sustainable outcomes of reinforced institutional environments for effective safeguarding.

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