Inventory of the intangible cultural heritage present in Côte d'Ivoire in view of its urgent safeguarding

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 299,972 granted in 2015
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 09/12/2015 - 08/12/2018
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Côte d'Ivoire


The political and military crisis that the country experienced between 2002 and 2011 halted the active efforts engaged by Côte d’Ivoire since many years in the identification of elements of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory and affected it negatively, notably by the interruption of certain practices violently suppressed or the denaturation of certain elements emptying them of their value and traditional social functions.

In this context, the project led to the development of an inventory of the intangible cultural heritage present in Côte d’Ivoire with a view to its urgent safeguarding and valorisation as one of the major lines of action for the consolidation of peace and lasting stabilisation in the country under the National Programme for Social Cohesion. The inventory allowed the initiation of a national strategy of safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, created a synergy between the different stakeholders and facilitated the assessment of the viability of the intangible cultural heritage. Advocacy, awareness-raising, valorisation and promotional actions around this heritage, and capacity building for its safeguarding were carried out.

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