Workshop on supporting policies related to intangible cultural heritage in Africa
With the generous support of the Algerian ‘National Centre of Research on Prehistory, Anthropology and History’ in Algeria (CNRPAH) and the ‘Manifestation Constantine, capitale de la culture arabe 2015’, UNESCO holds a UNESCO expert workshop on supporting policy development in the field of intangible cultural heritage, in Constantine, Algeria, from 28 September to 2 October 2015. The main objective is to improve UNESCO’s impact in providing policy support to national authorities in Africa for the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention.
The workshop addresses primarily UNESCO-certified facilitators from the Africa Region, who have substantial experience in providing training and advisory services in the context of the global capacity-building programme for the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It will furthermore welcome some experts with specialized expertise in the field of cultural policy advice, which they have developed in particular in the context of implementing the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. From the UNESCO side, Culture programme specialists from field offices in Africa and from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section are participating. The CNRPAH will designate Algerian experts who will attend as observers. In total, the workshop brings together about 45 participants.
The first three days of the workshop are dedicated to the principal theme of policy development (28 to 30 September), while the last two days (1 to 2 October) focuses on reviewing the implementation of the global capacity-building programme in Africa to date.
Accordingly, the main objective is to improve UNESCO’s impact in providing policy support to national authorities in Africa for the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention. More specifically, the workshop aims at the following:
• Improve the content and format of the capacity-building programme to provide policy advice effectively.
• Equip expert-facilitators with the knowledge and tools required to support policy development.
• Take stock of the lessons learnt from implementing the global programme in African countries.