Capacity building is one of the five functions that UNESCO performs to fulfil its mandate. As such, one of the top priorities for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is its global capacity-building programme. The Programme was put in place in 2009 to support countries in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage and harness its potential for sustainable development, while promoting broad public knowledge and support for the Convention.

Communities are at the heart of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

The 2003 Convention places communities at the center of all its safeguarding activities. The capacity-building programme takes an inclusive approach to ensure the widest possible participation of all relevant stakeholders, especially relevant community groups, in the design and implementation of safeguarding activities.

What we do

  • Develop community-based inventorying and safeguarding methods
  • Support the ability of States to effectively implement the Convention
  • Integrate the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage into sustainable development plans, policies and programmes at all levels
  • Strengthen institutional frameworks to help safeguard intangible cultural heritage
  • Enhance monitoring for the implementation of the Convention

How we do it

The Programme offers capacity-building services at country level, combining training, advisory services, stakeholder consultation and pilot activities. These can be adapted to specific country needs and thematic topics, always with the view to ensuring the continued impact and sustainability of safeguarding measures at national level.

UNESCO develops content and training materials and draws upon its dynamic network of trained facilitators to deliver capacity-building services in countries around the world.

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Capacity-building Workshop on the Elaboration of Nominations

30 November 2016 - 2 December 2016

Libreville (Gabon)

Learning with intangible cultural heritage in education

29 November 2016

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Inventory Workshop: Towards a National Inventory for Tanzania

21 November 2016 - 2 December 2016

Dar es Salaam (United Republic of Tanzania)

Workshop on ICH and Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan, Implications for Policy Development and Implementation

21 - 23 November 2016

Astana (Kazakhstan)

Capacity-building workshop on Developing Safeguarding Plans for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nepal

21 - 25 November 2016

Kathmandu (Nepal)

Community-based inventorying workshop with the Oyo community

14 - 18 November 2016

Oyo State (Nigeria)

Institutional Capacity-building Workshop for the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

31 October 2016 - 2 November 2016

Ndjamena (Chad)

Workshop on elaborating safeguarding plans for ICH

24 - 28 October 2016

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Training of Trainers on Digitizing Mongolian Intangible Cultural Heritage: First Steps towards the Establishment of a National...

24 - 27 October 2016

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Needs-assessment for strengthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH in...

20 October 2016 - 30 November 2016

Republic of Moldova (Republic of Moldova)