Norway provides contribution to Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage
On 10 July 2014, UNESCO and Norway signed an Addendum to the standing Programme Cooperation Agreement for the year 2014 by which the Norwegian Government will provide an additional contribution of NOK 3,500,000 that will be dedicated to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage.
The contribution will be used for multi-year projects to strengthen national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Portuguese-speaking African countries and three countries from the Maghreb region as well as Eritrea and Myanmar. They will benefit from a series of activities to help them addresses the most urgent capacity-building needs: (i) redesign of the institutional infrastructure to cater to the specific needs of ICH, (ii) revision of cultural and other policies and legislation, (iii) development of inventory methods and systems, (iv) development of effective safeguarding measures, and (v) effective participation in the international cooperation mechanisms of the Convention. All activities aim at fully mobilizing all stakeholders (government, civil society and communities) in the decision-making, administration and practical aspects of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, While workshops and training activities are the most visible landmarks within the programme, they are embedded within an integrated process of international cooperation and technical assistance to each beneficiary State.