Safeguarding plans for the transfer of three elements of Mali's intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List to the Representative List

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 99,950 granted in 2023
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 02/04/2024 - 31/03/2026
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Mali


Implemented by the National Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage, this two-year project aims to support safeguarding plans for three elements inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding: (a) ‘The Sanké mon: a collective fishing rite of the Sanké’ (inscribed in 2009); (b) ‘The secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in Mali’ (inscribed in 2011); and (c) ‘Cultural practices and expressions linked to the M’bolon, a traditional musical percussion instrument’ (inscribed in 2021). The project involves collecting information, producing documentation, and conducting awareness-raising sessions and capacity-building workshops. The workshops support the communities and civil society organizations in the elaboration and implementation of safeguarding plans adapted to the socio-economic, cultural and environmental context of each element. The project also entails traveling exhibitions to raise awareness and support transmission among youth, and training sessions and materials for tourist guides. This project is expected to promote the active participation of communities in safeguarding living heritage and to contribute to the gradual alleviation of threats to the elements. It also strengthens collaboration between technical services, communities and local authorities while developing partnerships and mobilizing financial resources.

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