Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Folleto 2005 del Fondo Fiduciario UNESCO/Japón para el PCI Inglés-Japonés© Vanuatu National Cultural Council

In 1993, following an agreement between UNESCO and the Japanese government, a special Funds-in-Trust was created aimed at assisting UNESCO in its actions in favour of intangible cultural heritage. Up to and including 2007, Japan’s total contribution to the Fund has amounted to approximately USD 12 millions. In particular, the Fund played an important role in the preparation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In accordance with the spirit of the Convention, the main focus of the Fund is currently given to activities, especially for developing countries and post-conflict countries, aimed at ensuring the viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including identification (inventories), transmission, particularly through formal and non-formal education, protection, promotion, enhancement, documentation and research. The Fund also contributes to awareness-raising about and capacity-building in ratification and implementation of the Convention, especially in the Pacific region.

The various projects supported by the Fund provide examples and lessons learnt of the development and implementation of safeguarding projects in the field of intangible cultural heritage. The following list presents, by region, the projects and meetings that were possible thanks to contributions of the Japan Funds-in-Trust.

26 elemento(s)

Community-based inventorying workshop with the Bida community
20/24-02-2017Niger State (Nigeria)

Community-based inventorying workshop with the Oyo community
14/18-11-2016Oyo State (Nigeria)

Community-based inventorying workshop with the Calabar community
10/15-10-2016Cross River State (Nigeria)

Workshop on strengthening the policy and legal framework for the safeguarding of ICH in Nigeria.
14-05-2015Abuja, Nigeria (Nigeria)

Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Nigeria through an integrated approach07-2014/07-2017, Nigeria

Safeguarding traditional foodways of two communities in Kenya09-2009/03-2013, Kenya

Safeguarding of the Ifa Divination system10-2006/04-2010, Nigeria

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Makishi Masquerade in Zambia10-2006/12-2009, Zambia

Safeguarding of the Gulu Wamkulu, the Great Dance of the Chewa People11-2006/12-2009, Malawi - Mozambique - Zambia

Safeguarding the Chopi Timbila tradition in Mozambique11-2006/12-2009, Mozambique

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Vimbuza Healing Dance11-2006/12-2009, Malawi

Action plan for the Safeguarding of the Ahellil of Gourara12-2006/09-2009, Algeria

Revitalization of bark cloth making in Uganda10-2006/08-2009, Uganda

Safeguarding of the ICH of the Batammariba of Koutammarkou04-2007/06-2009, Togo

Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its bearers in Burundi06-2008/05-2009, Burundi

Safeguarding action plan of Yaaral and Degal11-2006/04-2009, Mali

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Kankurang, Manding Initiatory Rite11-2006/04-2009, Gambia - Senegal

Safeguarding traditional games of the Afar and the Somali people in the Horn of Africa12-2006/03-2009, Djibouti

Safeguarding the Mbende Jerusarema Dance11-2006/03-2009, Zimbabwe

Safeguarding the Songs of the Moon, traditional Swahili music from Tanzania (Unguja and Pemba) and the Comoros04-2008/03-2009, Comoros - United Republic of Tanzania

Safeguarding traditional Somali performing arts04-2008/03-2009, Kenya - Somalia

Preservation, Revitalization and Promotion of Jemaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech03-2004/12-2008, Morocco

Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Promotion of the Oral Tradition of Gelede10-2003/11-2008, Benin - Nigeria - Togo

Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Revitalization of the Oral Tradition of the Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic12-2004/07-2008, Central African Republic - Congo

Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Sosso-Bala07-2002/06-2008, Guinea

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Woodcrafting Knowledge of the Zafimaniry12-2004/06-2008, Madagascar