• Financial assistance:
    • US$ 262,080 granted in 2012
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 29/04/2013 - 01/07/2016
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Burkina Faso


This project aims to establish an inventory of the intangible cultural heritage of the ethno-cultural communities in Burkina Faso. The inventory will enable to provide quantitative and qualitative data on the elements present on national territory, to identify their state of viability and ensure their promotion. The project will be implemented in two major phases: a pilot phase involving two regions with six ethno-cultural communities and a second generalization phase that will involve all regions and national communities. Its principle objectives are, on the one hand, to develop a national strategy for inventorying and promoting ICH, to raise awareness of communities, policy-makers and the public about the importance of ICH, and to build stakeholder capacity in the safeguarding of cultural heritage; and, on the other hand, to make an inventory of ICH elements in the field; to identify ICH elements based on their state of viability; and to disseminate the results of the inventory at national and international levels via a database and website, and catalogues and brochures.
In the first phase, implemented since May 2013, a structure to steer the project bringing together all stakeholders involved in the safeguarding of ICH has been established and operationalized.

News and activities:

06/12/2013 - 02/11/2016 – Inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Mali with a view to its urgent safeguarding30/06/2013 - 30/06/2016 – Safeguarding and revitalizing the Mongolian traditional epic