Global capacity-building programme

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
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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.

For more details on the global capacity-building programme, download our informative leaflet: English|French|Spanish

26 element(s)

Validation workshop on needs assessment in Ghana
13/14-12-2018Accra (Ghana)

Workshop on institutional and legal frameworks in Comoros for Intangible Cultural Heritage
20/22-11-2018Moroni (Comoros)

Workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention in Georgia
05/09-11-2018Tbilisi (Georgia)

kick-off meeting ” Community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in urban contexts”
22/23-10-2018UNESCO Headquarters (France)

Community-based inventorying workshop in Lamu
08/12-10-2018Lamu (Kenya)

Workshop on community-based inventorying in Afghanistan
07/10-10-2018Bamiyan (Afghanistan)

Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Elaborating Nomination Files under the Mechanisms of the 2003 UNESCO Convention
26-09-2018/03-10-2018Pyongyang (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

Supporting policy development in the field of intangible cultural heritage. Training of trainers for the facilitators from Europe.
17/21-09-2018Sofia (Bulgaria)

Training of trainers on Community based inventorying in Egypt
02/06-09-2018Cairo (Egypt)

Training of trainers workshop for facilitators from the Asia-Pacific Region
02/06-07-2018Hangzhou (China)

Pilot Inventorying Activity Bonaire July – Sept, 2018: BONAIRE’S ICH & NATURAL DISASTERS
01-07-2018/30-09-2018Kralendijk, Bonaire (Netherlands)

National workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention in the Comoros
25/29-06-2018Moroni, Comoros (Comoros)

National workshop on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
18/21-06-2018Djibouti (Djibouti)

Workshop on implementing the Convention at the national level (funded by Sofia category 2 centre)
28-05-2018/01-06-2018Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention
08/17-05-2018Libreville (Gabon)

Training for Bangladesh on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
06/10-05-2018Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention and community-based inventorying in South Sudan
03/11-05-2018Juba, South Sudan (South Sudan)

Training workshop for surveyors (1972 and 2003 Conventions)
19/20-04-2018Bertoua (Cameroon)

Training workshop on intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development
04/05-04-2018Tunis (Tunisia)

Capacity-building Workshop on Preparing Nomination Files and International Assistance Request
19/28-02-2018Asmara (Eritrea)

Workshop on implementing the Convention at the national level (funded by Sofia category 2 centre)
05/09-02-2018Dnipetrovsk (Ukraine)

Assessing needs and strengthening national capacities for safeguarding ICH in Malta
25-01-2018/05-02-2018Malta (Malta)

Community-based inventorying of intangible heritage in urban areas01-2018/12-2021, Georgia - Jamaica - Jordan - Malaysia - Peru - Zimbabwe

Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran - International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage10-2018/09-2021, Afghanistan - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Phase III)05-2018/06-2019, Botswana - Lesotho - Malawi - Namibia - Eswatini - Zambia - Zimbabwe

Thailand’s efforts in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through strengthening local communities’ capacities05-02-2018/30-04-2019, Thailand

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