Mana Pools National Park

Zimbabwe

Maloti Drakensberg Park

South Africa | Lesotho

Kerkouane

Tunisia

Isle of Meroe

Sudan

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mauritania

Lake Malawi National Park

Malawi

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The UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Africa are some of the most spectacular places on earth. The importance of preserving and promoting this cultural heritage escalates with each passing year. It is vital to raise awareness of this rich heritage while informing people of its value and gaining support for the conservation and development of these sites. We invite you to visit our website and learn more about the work of the African World Heritage Fund.

 

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ABOUT THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation that was launched in 2006 with the mission to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. Together with the African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, the main aim is to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

The AWHF strives to complete five missions:

  1. Provide support to identify and list African heritage sites on the World Heritage List;
  2. Provide support and assistance for the conservation and management of heritage sites in Africa, particularly those already inscribed on the World Heritage List;
  3. Rehabilitate sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger;
  4. Train heritage experts and site managers as ongoing capacity building;
  5. Involve communities in decisions concerning their heritage and ensuring that tangible benefits accrue to them

In order to fulfill this Mission, the AWHF is committed to capacity building. The capacity building programs focus on training related to the World Heritage nomination process and on conservation and site management. Our funds are accessible to all African countries that are Member States to the World Heritage Convention. For more information please have a look at our different sections on conservation, grants and sustainable development. In case you have questions you can always contact us via the contact form.

AWHF MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EMBASSIES OF NORWAY, CHINA AND NETHERLANDS TO ETHIOPIA

On 30th October 2017, the African World Heritage Fund held consultative meetings in Addis Ababa Ethiopia with Ambassadors and Representatives of the Embassies of Norway (H.E Mr. Andreas Gaarder), China (Mr. Liu Tao) and the Netherlands (H.E. Mr. Bengt va Loosdrecht). At both meetings, the AWHF delegation introduced the Funds programmes and partnership opportunities. meeting was held with the Ambassador of Norway to...
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AWHF PREPARES FOR THE 22nd BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING TO BE HELD IN DJIBLIHO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA

In preparation for the 22nd Board of Trustees meeting to be held in Equatorial Guinea on 6th December 2017, the Director of AWHF, Dr. Webber Ndoro visited the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in South Africa on Thursday, 09 November 2017. They discussed the status of heritage in Equatorial Guinea and issues related to the Board meeting. Ambassador promised to provide support towards the successful and smooth...
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AWHF CONSULTATIVE MEETINGS WITH THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION (AUC)

On 30th October 2017, the African World Heritage Fund delegation held high level consultative meetings at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AWHF delegation was led by Mr. Vusumuzi Mkhize, the Chairperson of the African World Heritage Fund Board and the Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture South Africa. The delegation met with the new Commissioner for...
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HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA TO HOST THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND BUSINESS LEADERS BREAKFAST EVENT

The Patron of the African World Heritage Fund, His Excellency Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba, Former President of the Republic of Namibia will host a Business Leaders Breakfast event tomorrow on 14th September 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The event is organized jointly with the government of Namibia through the Office of the Former President and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. This event is aimed at the...
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WORLD HERITAGE SITE ROYAL PALACE OF ABOMEY IN BENIN BURNS DOWN

The Royal Palace of Abomey (Benin), World Heritage Site, burnt caught fire again on the eve of Monday, 28th August. The affected area was the handcraft village which was the community business centre of the palace which generated income for local communities. The recurrent fire raises once again the urgency to put in place effective risk management mechanisms at heritage sites. The AWHF will keep...
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRANT FROM THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND

Each year AWHF provide conservation grants to African State Parties to implement projects and activities which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties. All applicants shall be notified of the outcome by 30th June 2018. For further information please contact: African World Heritage Fund 1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand 1685 South Africa, Tel: +27 11 313 3061, Email:...
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NEWSFLASH 41st World Heritage Meeting

41st World Heritage Committee Meeting in Poland / 41e Reunion du Comité du Patrimoine Mondial en Pologne   The African World Heritage Fund published its new newsletter. Click here to check it out. Le Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain a publié son nouveau bulletin d'information. Cliquez- ici pour consulter le...
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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FOUR SITES INSCRIBED ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST FROM ANGOLA, BENIN/BURKINA FASO, ERITREA AND SOUTH AFRICA

 Mbanza Kongo in Angola Mbanza Kongo is the vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo (Angola) and is now the first World Heritage site in Angola. The town of Mbanza Kongo is located on a plateau at an altitude of 570 metres and was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest constituted states in Southern Africa from the 14th to 19thcenturies. The historical...
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THE AWHF EXHIBITION ON “WORLD HERITAGE AND SLAVE TRADES IN AFRICA” IS LAUNCHED AT THE 41ST WORLD HERITAGE COMMITEE MEETING IN KRAKOW, POLAND

The AWHF exhibition is currently displayed in Krakow, Poland at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting. The exhibition will be displayed from 2nd to 7th July 2017. ABOUT THE SLAVERY EXHIBITION Through an attempt to showcase the richness and diversity of slavery sites, the exhibition on “World Heritage and Slave Trades in Africa” aims at giving an opportunity to interrogate the current...
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AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE EXPERTS MEETING IN ANGOLA

Officials gathered on 12 June for the opening ceremony of the consultative meeting of the African World Heritage Experts in Angola attended by more than sixty (60) participants. The ceremony was led by the Minister of Culture in Angola, Hon. Caroline Cerqueira and included attendance by the Minister of Tourism and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Angola. The Deputy...
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