Flanders Trust Fund

The Government of Flanders of the Kingdom of Belgium and UNESCO signed a partnership agreement in 1988, creating UNESCO/Flanders Trust Fund. The focus of the cooperation is capacity-building and the construction of a knowledge society.

In 2009, the Flemish Government began supporting the field of intangible cultural heritage by financing “a A series of pilot projects in community-based intangible heritage inventorying on a grassroots level in six selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa” ($275,000 USD). In 2010 and beyond, the Flemish Government intends to strengthen its support for safeguarding intangible heritage by funding more capacity-building in Africa and the development of concepts and materials for a travelling exhibition on the theme of intangible heritage and sustainable development.

In April 2010, the Flemish Government contributed to the exhibition entitled ‘Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage: an American and Flemish Dialogue’

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Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage12-2013/03-2015, Botswana - Lesotho - Malawi - Namibia - Eswatini - Zambia - Zimbabwe

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The beneficiaries of the project are the national authorities responsible for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and selected communities in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Firstly, the project aims to initiate a sub-regional cooperation platform to support these countries in their efforts to safeguard the living heritage present in their territories. Such objective will be done through setting up a steering group consisting of members from each beneficiary country, UNESCO trained facilitators and cultural programme specialists.

Secondly, the policy, legal and institutional frameworks in the involved countries are to be further strengthened by the project. In Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, national consultants will be engaged to review the adequacy of existing policy and legal frameworks for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and will recommend future steps on how to improve the situation. In Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committees will organize meetings or other activities necessary to follow up the reports from the previous study.

Thirdly, a number of national trainers (facilitators) are to be trained to subsequently facilitate training workshops and provide long-term policy advice in their respective countries, using and adapting the training curriculum developed by UNESCO.