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)

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 117,467
  • Source:
    • Flanders Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/05/2018 - 01/06/2019

Benefitting country(ies): Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe


The project is designed as the third and final stage in the efforts to strengthen sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in Southern African countries in their implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The main objective is to effectively support the continuity of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding processes in the seven countries, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, through the Southern African Intangible Cultural Heritage (SAICH) platform. National structures (established through previous project phases) will be assisted in their strategic planning and implementation of safeguarding projects, through the activities of information and exchange, research and training. Substantive collaboration at the sub-regional level through the SAICH platform will also lead to sustainable outcomes of reinforced institutional environments for effective safeguarding.


  • The 2003 ICH Convention in Ten African Languages: English
  • SAICH News 2019: English
  • Women and Intangible Cultural Heritage in southern Africa: English
  • Ethics in the context of Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding: English
  • SAICH News: English
  • Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southern Africa: English

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