Services and training
The number of countries benefitting from comprehensive multi-year capacity-building projects stands at 64 (November 2013). Needs assessments are carried out, resources mobilized and multi-year projects designed and implemented, all tailored to the needs of each beneficiary country.
While workshops and training activities are the most visible landmarks within the capacity-building strategy, there are several other types of modalities including policy review, guided pilot activities, consultation and advisory services that are built into capacity-building projects.
- Typical capacity-building country project extending from 18 to 36 months
Palestinian Law on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage18/19-05-2015, Ramallah (Palestine)
The workshop, which is organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and the UNESCO Ramallah Office, will include participants from various ministries, the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, relevant civil society organizations and research institutions. They will provide their inputs and perspectives to the draft Law in line with the principles and provisions of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage ratified by Palestine in 2011. Once finalized, the draft Law will be submitted to the relevant Palestinian authorities for endorsement.
The workshop is a continuation of a process that started in 2012 when the Ministry of Culture with UNESCO’s technical support and through broad consultation with civil society institutions, prepared an initial draft. The Law will be an important safeguarding measure and together with the participatory process through which it emerged, demonstrate the strong commitment of national authorities to ensure the viability of living heritage in Palestine.
ADTCA needs assessment in Sudan03/10-04-2015, Khartoum (Sudan)
The main objective of the mission is working closely with the responsible national cultural institution to identify institutional capacities, perspective, human resource needs of whom are working in the Intangible Culture heritage sector. The outcome of the mission is to develop a realistic project proposal within the local context in the field of ICH safeguarding. Later on the project proposal will be funded by Abu Dubai Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA).The consultant mission was organized in partnership with the Intangible Cultural Heritage section – UNESCO- HQ, the UNESCO’s Khartoum Office and the Federal Ministry of Culture in Sudan. The mission was conducted by the expert Ms Marina Calvo.
Tunisia: INV workshop21/28-06-2014, Kerkennah (Tunisia)
Regional workshop: conceptual and legal frameworks for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in the Arab region 05/09-05-2014, Kuwait (Kuwait)
About 30 representatives of Ministries of Culture and UNESCO-trained experts from different countries in the Arab region will discuss with UNESCO and ALECSO the needs and challenges of developing conceptual and institutional frameworks for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. The two international Organizations are co-organizing this meeting in collaboration with the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Art and Letters from 7 to 9 May 2014 in Kuwait City thanks to the generous hospitality of the Government of Kuwait.
The expert facilitators and UNESCO staff will stay on in Kuwait for a second meeting to review the progress and challenges of implementing UNESCO’s capacity-building programme for intangible cultural heritage and make recommendation on ways forward in the Arab region (10 to 11 May).
Iraq: Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention13/17-04-2014, Erbil (Iraq)
Morocco: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention26/30-03-2014, Agadir (Morocco)
Du 26 au 30 mars, Agadir a accueilli une première rencontre nationale dans le cadre du projet de renforcement des capacités pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine vivant mis en œuvre dans les trois pays grâce à la généreuse contribution de la Norvège au Fonds du patrimoine culturel immatériel.
Organisé par le Bureau de l’UNESCO à Rabat, cet atelier a compté avec la présence non seulement des agents du Ministère de la culture et des représentants des communautés locales concernées, mais aussi avec la représentation des Ministères de l’artisanat, de l’agriculture, de l’éducation et du tourisme.
L’intégration du patrimoine vivant dans des politiques multisectorielles ainsi que la bonne compréhension des concepts clés de la Convention du patrimoine immatériel auprès des différentes parties prenantes sont essentielles pour sa mise en œuvre efficace. Ces questions ont été abordées dans cet atelier de formation qui a été animé par M. Ahmed Skounti (Maroc) et M. Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Beijeu (Mauritanie), facilitateurs du réseau de l’UNESCO dans le domaine du patrimoine immatériel.
- List of participants : French
Inventory workshop in Mauritania04/11-03-2014, Aleg (Mauritania)
Tunisia: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level 26-01-2014/01-02-2014, Matmata (Tunisia)
Mauritania: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level 22/26-10-2013, Kaédi (Mauritania)
Le Bureau de l’UNESCO à Rabat organise un atelier de formation sur la mise en œuvre de la Convention de 2003 pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel immatériel à Kaédi, Mauritanie, du 22 au 26 octobre 2013.
L’atelier fait partie du projet “Sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel immatériel à travers le renforcement des capacités nationales au Maroc, en Mauritanie et en Tunisie” mis en oeuvre grâce à la contribution de la Norvège au Fonds du patrimoine culturel immatériel. Il sera animé par M. Ahmed Skounti et M. Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Beijeu, facilitateurs du réseau de l’UNESCO dans le domaine du patrimoine immatériel, et comptera avec la présence d’une vingtaine de participants parmi lesquels des agents du Ministère de la culture, des ONG, et des représentants des communautés locales concernées.
L’objectif principal de cette première activité est de s’assurer que les concepts clés de la Convention sont bien compris et intégrés auprès des différentes parties prenantes pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine vivant de la Mauritanie ; elle sera suivie d’une série d’autres activités ciblées au cours des prochains mois.
- List of participants : French
The challenges of capacity building in the Arab world14/17-01-2013, Doha (Qatar)
How can Arab States effectively implement the 2003 Convention at the national level? What can be done to promote regional cooperation in the Arab world to strengthen the capacities of all concerned stakeholders? What are the best ways to raise people’s awareness and assure the involvement of concerned communities in the process of safeguarding?
These are amongst the issues that representatives of Ministries of Culture of all countries from the Arab region will discuss during the meeting on ‘The challenges of capacity building in the field of intangible cultural heritage’ in Doha from 14 to 17 January 2013.
Generously supported by Qatar and co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar, ALECSO and UNESCO, this meeting will be the occasion to plan increased cooperation within the region for the effective safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.
The meeting will be co-facilitated by a group of experts from the Region, all members of a network of 77 experts trained to use the UNESCO curricula specifically designed to build capacity on implementing the Convention.
Byblos: how to prepare nominations for the lists of the 2003 Convention12/14-10-2012, Byblos (Lebanon)
In the context of Phase III of the Mediterranean Living Heritage (MedLiHer) project financed by the Euromed Heritage IV Programme (EU) and implemented by UNESCO, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture are organizing a workshop on the methodology and procedures of nominating intangible cultural heritage elements to the Representative and Urgent Safeguarding Lists. This workshop will take place in Byblos from 12 to 14 October 2012.
The targeted group in the present training workshop consists of representative of the UNESCO Regional Office, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture (especially who are directly involved in the administration and the preparation of the documents and deliverables of the project), in addition to the members of the Lebanese MEDLIHER Team and an expert of Zajal.
Two accredited UNESCO facilitators, Prof. Dr. Annie Tabet (Lebanon) and Prof. Dr. Hani Hayajneh (Jordan), will run the workshop.
Another step in the safeguarding of Jordan’s living heritage: understanding the nominations’ process
07/11-10-2012, Amman (Jordan)
In the context of Phase III of “Mediterranean Living Heritage” (MedLiHer) project, co-funded by the European Union (EU) and UNESCO, a workshop on the methodology and procedures of nominating intangible cultural heritage elements to the Representative and Urgent Safeguarding Lists will be held in Amman between 7 and 11 October 2012.
The Amman workshop follows the Madaba one and will focus on the preparation of nomination files for inscription on the Lists of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). It will describe the requirements of the nominations’ process, evaluate sample nominations, and discuss descriptions of the elements from the Madaba Inventory and the participation of communities.
The workshop is intended primarily for members from the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Culture, and especially the ones that are directly involved in the administration and the preparation of the documents and deliverables of the project. Some of them are connected to the local communities of Madaba.
Two accredited UNESCO facilitators, Prof. Dr. Hani Hayajneh (Jordan) and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Gad (Egypt), will run the workshop. They will use the UNESCO capacity-building workshop materials in training activities, and deal with some nominations predefined by the UNESCO as case studies.
Exploring the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Nile’s banks: Inventorying activity in the governorate of Damietta, Egypt
14/18-07-2012, Damietta (Egypt)
Birthplace of Egyptian civilization, the Nile is still a lifeline for many communities living along its banks. The encounter between man and the river’s ecosystem has uncovered a rich and diversified intangible cultural heritage. Over the next six months, between July and December 2012, this heritage will be the focus of a pilot inventorying activity in the governorate of Damietta.
This initiative is part of Phase III of the MedLiHer -Mediterranean Living Heritage – project co-financed by the European Union and UNESCO, which aims at promoting the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
Community members and others responsible for culture at the national and local level, including researchers and NGOs will benefit from extensive training on the concept of community-based inventorying under the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage; the training will cover the role of different stakeholders in the process and the tools and techniques of participatory documentation.
The workshop is intended primarily for field researchers and communities whose intangible heritage will be inventoried. It will start with a “theoretical” component in which the methodological framework for the inventory will be collectively developed, followed by a field practicum.
This inventory work will concentrate on identifying and involving bearers (individuals, groups or communities) of intangible heritage, focusing significantly on its present social functions and challenges for transmission to future generations.
The workshop will be facilitated jointly by Mr Mostafa Gad and Mr Ismail Ali El Fihail, both belonging to the network of facilitators trained by UNESCO as part of its strategy of capacity building for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The methodologies developed during this pilot exercise could then be applied on a wider scale to other regions of the Nile.
All data collected will be systematized and digitized. Moreover, a film and a photographic exhibition will make this inventory experience available to the Egyptian and international public.
Madaba, a pilot region for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Jordan12/20-07-2012, Madaba (Jordan)
Madaba and its 150,000 inhabitants will soon become the precursors of an experience never seen before in Jordan. Located near the capital, this region will indeed be the focus of a pilot activity of intangible cultural heritage inventorying as part of the “MedLiHer - Mediterranean Living Heritage” project, co-funded by the European Union and UNESCO.
Concretely, what is the pilot inventorying all about? Under the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, each State Party must involve communities, groups and relevant NGOs in identifying and defining elements of this heritage. Identification is the process of describing one or several specific elements of intangible cultural heritage in their context and to distinguish them from others. This process of identification and definition is what the Convention means by “inventory”. It also emphasizes that this should be done “in view of safeguarding” - that is to say that the inventory is not an abstract exercise, but a useful one. The inventory represents the first step in the development of safeguarding plans for those elements.
In order to get familiar with these concepts, those involved in inventory activities within the governorate of Madaba (community members, responsible for culture at the national and local level, researchers) will receive extensive training from 12 to 20 July. It will cover the principles of the inventory under the Convention, the role of the different stakeholders in the process and the tools and techniques of participatory documentation. This “theoretical” part will lead to the development of the methodological framework for the inventory and will be followed by a field practicum.
The workshop will be facilitated jointly by Ms. Annie Tohmé Tabet and Mr. Hani Hayajneh, both members of the network of facilitators trained by UNESCO as part of its capacity- building strategy for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
During the three months following the training, the research teams will go to meet communities, characterized by great cultural and religious diversity, throughout the governorate. This inventory work will concentrate on identifying and involving bearers (individuals, groups or communities) of intangible heritage, focusing especially on present social functions and challenges for its transmission to future generations, in a context where rapid urbanization is disrupting the traditional socio-cultural fabric. The methodologies developed during this pilot exercise could then be applied on a wider scale to other regions of the country.
All data collected will be systematized and digitized, while a film and a photographic exhibition will make this inventory experience available to the Jordanian and international public.
The workshop and inventory activity are part of Phase III of MedLiHer, which aims at promoting the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
Encountering Zajal Poetry: Training Communities for its Inventory in Lebanon29-06-2012/03-07-2012, Beirut (Lebanon)
From 29 June to 3 July 2012, actors of Zajal will benefit from an extensive training on the concept of inventory and its principles under the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the role of different stakeholders in the process and tools and techniques of participatory documentation. The workshop is intended primarily for field researchers and communities whose cultural heritage will be inventoried. It will start with a “theoretical” component including the joint development of a methodological framework for the inventory, followed by a field practicum. A day of reflection on the lessons learned from the exercise is foreseen on 9 July 2012.
The workshop will be facilitated jointly by Ms Annie Tohmé Tabet and Mr.Mostafa Gad, who form part of the network of facilitators trained by UNESCO as part of its capacity-building strategy for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
During the three months following the training, the field researchers will go to meet the Zajal communities across the Lebanese territory. This pre-inventorying work will focus on identifying and involving the bearers (individuals, groups or communities) of this element of intangible heritage, focusing particularly on how it is transmitted, and its social functions in Lebanese society today.
All data collected will be systematized and digitized, while a film and photographic exhibition will make this experience available to Lebanese and international audiences.
The workshop and inventorying activity are undertaken as part of the Phase III of the MEDLIHER project supported by the European Union and UNESCO, which aims to promote the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
Capacity-building workshop on the implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention11/15-07-2011, Broumana (Lebanon)
Many states parties are intensifying their efforts to meet their obligations concerning the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible cultural heritage of 2003. The global capacity-building strategy developed by UNESCO covers the various components of this instrument, including ratification, awareness raising, implementation at the national level, and inventorying and safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage present in the territory of States Parties. The main objective is to assist States parties in implementing the Convention by adopting appropriate measures.
UNESCO Beirut regional Office in Lebanon contributes to these efforts by organizing a workshop on the implementation of the Convention in Broumana, scheduled for July 11 to 15, 2011. This workshop is the first for the countries of the region since the training of trainers, which took place in Abu Dhabi from April 10 to 14, 2011. Participants are from Syria and Lebanon, and come from academia, non- governmental organizations and the public sector.
Facilitators of the workshop are Ahmed Skounti, Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences in Morocco and Annie Tohmé-Tabet, Associate professor of anthropology at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, both of whom have been accredited and certified by UNESCO.
The workshop takes place at Printania Hotel in Broumana in the Eastern high suburbs of Beirut.
Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding ICH: training of trainers for the Arab States10/14-04-2011, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
The States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage have repeatedly emphasized the importance of strengthening the capacities of developing countries to effectively implement the Convention. In response, UNESCO has focused its programmes for the 2010-2011 biennium on a global strategy of capacity building among Member States and will continue to do the same in future years. UNESCO is developing a global network of experts who will be well trained in our curricula and methods. This meeting is one in a series of workshops devoted to ‘training of trainers’ in different regions from January to March 2011 to create this network of expert trainers.
The workshop is funded by the UNESCO/Abu Dhabi Authority for Cultural Heritage Funds-in-Trust, and hosted by ADACH. Additional support is provided by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and UNESCO’s Regular Programme.