The Government of Italy was one of the first donor countries to support projects on intangible cultural heritage.
In addition to the obligatory contribution as a State Party to the 2003 Convention, Italy has been the first State to make an additional voluntary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund of €150 000. Through this contribution, Italy wants to support developing countries that are committed to the safeguarding of their Intangible Cultural Heritage as an important element of their sustainable development policies.
Sub-regional capacity-building workshops in Central America and South America on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage09-2008/05-2011, El Salvador - Panama - Peru
Enhancing Women’s Role as Custodians and Artisans of Egyptian Handicrafts01-2005/05-2006, Egypt
Improved Traditional Bead Production and Marketing in West Africa02-2002/01-2005, Ghana - Mali
Revitalisation of Traditional Masquerade Performing Arts and Costume Making05-2002/08-2004, Dominica - Saint Lucia - Saint Kitts and Nevis