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 is aimed at strengthening national capacities for inventorying elements of intangible cultural heritage with a view to safeguarding them. Despite recent efforts by the country to establish administrative structures capable of safeguarding living heritage, there is insufficient awareness among different stakeholders and a lack of experience in drawing up inventories as well as insufficient fundamental knowledge that is crucial for developing a concrete safeguarding plan. In this context, the proposed project aims 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 will cover three regions, each associated with different communities of the Afar, Arab and Somali populations. Pilot fieldwork will also be conducted to inventory the intangible cultural heritage elements of these communities.