Flanders Trust Fund

The Government of Flanders of the Kingdom of Belgium and UNESCO signed a partnership agreement in 1988, creating UNESCO/Flanders Trust Fund. The focus of the cooperation is capacity-building and the construction of a knowledge society.

In 2009, the Flemish Government began supporting the field of intangible cultural heritage by financing “a A series of pilot projects in community-based intangible heritage inventorying on a grassroots level in six selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa” ($275,000 USD). In 2010 and beyond, the Flemish Government intends to strengthen its support for safeguarding intangible heritage by funding more capacity-building in Africa and the development of concepts and materials for a travelling exhibition on the theme of intangible heritage and sustainable development.

In April 2010, the Flemish Government contributed to the exhibition entitled ‘Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage: an American and Flemish Dialogue’

6 element(s)

Capacity building review meeting in Harare on elaborating policy and legal framework for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage03/07-09-2012, Harare (Zimbabwe)

Capacity building workshop on preparing nominations to the lists of the 2003 Convention11/15-06-2012, Harare (Zimbabwe)

Botswana takes another step to safeguard its living heritage with the training of community members and government officials16/20-04-2012, Gaborone (Botswana)

Zambia hosts workshop to strengthen capacity to safeguard its living heritage26/30-03-2012, Lusaka (Zambia)

Zimbabwe mobilizes communities, traditional chiefs, academia and government officials to safeguard its intangible cultural heritage19/23-03-2012, Harare (Zimbabwe)

Malawi welcomes workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention to strengthen its capacity to safeguard its living heritage12/16-03-2012, Lilongwe (Malawi)