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.
20/06/2019 - 20/06/2019 – National Oral Traditions (NOT), additional collection component05/02/2018 - 30/04/2019 – Thailand’s efforts in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through strengthening local communities' capacities