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.
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:
- Provide support to identify and list African heritage sites on the World Heritage List;
- Provide support and assistance for the conservation and management of heritage sites in Africa, particularly those already inscribed on the World Heritage List;
- Rehabilitate sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger;
- Train heritage experts and site managers as ongoing capacity building;
- 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.