Southern African Intangible Cultural Heritage Cooperation


  • To strengthen sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in the seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 ICH Convention.
  • To coordinate training of trainers’ workshops in order to ensure that the critical mass for ICH activities in the region is maintained and built further.
  • To provide quality secretariat services for the Platform and to coordinate the ICH safeguarding activities of the seven countries participating in the project during and beyond the life of the project.
  • To provide a forum for discussion and exchange of information on the ICH inventory-making process for the sub-region and on other issues related to culture and the arts. 
  • To promote exchange activities and partnerships between the seven participating countries, within the Southern Africa region, and beyond. 
  • To provide opportunities for practitioners and researchers to connect with both the arts and culture sector in their own country and with their peers in sister institutions in the other participating countries, and vice-versa.
  • To create opportunities for exchange and sharing of ideas on safeguarding activities and to encourage networking through new media.