Lake Malawi National Park


Mana Pools National Park


Maloti Drakensberg Park

South Africa | Lesotho

M'Zab Valley




Isle of Meroe


Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata



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.



The World Heritage Committee Meeting is an annual gathering of global scope to discuss World Heritage issues. Regularly, during the meeting, the Africa Unit at the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) have partnered to organize a side event aiming at raising awareness on specific topics related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Africa. In July 2016 during the 40th World Heritage Committee Session in Istanbul (Turkey), both organizations displayed a joint exhibition and hosted a ministerial colloquium on risk management and sustainable development in Africa. A similar initiative is envisioned during the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting in July 2017 in Krakow, Poland. The objective of the events is to stimulate discussion about slavery related sites in Africa among delegates at the 41st World Heritage Committee Meeting in Krakow, Poland. As a build up to the Committee meeting, AWHF engaged with the Ambassador of Poland in South Africa, H.E. Mr. Andrzeja Kanthaka for the facilitation of the AWHF Side Event.

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A UNESCO PUBLICATION: “Community Involvement in the Management of World Heritage in Africa”

The World Heritage Center, in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund, is calling for papers to be included in its forthcoming publication entitled: Community Involvement in the Management of World Heritage in Africa. The main objective of this...
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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS for ICAHM 2017 Annual Meeting – Sub-Saharan Africa and International Trade Routes

This years’ conference of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), under the patronage of the African World Heritage Fund, will take place in the ancient trading town Bagamoyo, near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2-5...
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AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE DAY 5 May 2017 Proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015, African World Heritage Day is an opportunity for people around the world to celebrate one of Africa’s most precious resources: its irreplaceable cultural and natural...
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Application for the University of Pretoria’s upcoming XRF workshop for Art and Heritage

Below is a brief outline of the format of the workshop, a detailed programme to follow:  DAY 1: A general introduction and background to provide the theoretical framework of what X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy is and what it can do for the heritage field; how to...
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  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Moses Mapesa Research Grant Closing date: 31st May 2017 The AWHF is pleased to announce the Moses Mapesa1 Research Grant to support African Doctoral and Masters students in the field of heritage. The AWHF was launched in 2006 to support...
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Call for Applications – SOIMA 2017 International Course

ICCROM together with the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, is accepting applications for its 2017 SOIMA International Course on Sustaining Sound and Image Collections. The course will take place from July 9 to 23, 2017 in Accra, Ghana. The...
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Call for Papers: Communicating World Heritage Values

Research and Global Policy Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with World Heritage UK Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham will hold a special international...
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20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17

ICCROM and INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) are pleased to announce the 20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17 that will be held in Mexico City and Chicanná (Campeche), Mexico from 9 October to 8 December 2017. The primary goal of...
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Call for abstracts ASAPA 2017 Conference

The local organizing committee of the 2017 Conference for the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) is pleased to announce that the call for abstracts is now open. ASAPA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that...
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Tentative Listing Expert Report

The workshop took place over 3 days from the 30 January to 1 February 2017 at the Lotus Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. Thirty (30) participants attended the workshop from 15 different countries which included 11 men and 19 women. The initial step of the new upstream...
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