Thanks to the ALIPH Foundation, two resources – A Story of Change 3 and Community-Based Heritage Indicators for Peace – are now available in Arabic.

Between 2020–2022, ICCROM’s First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAR) programme enhanced the capacities of 20 professionals (including four mentors) from the MENAP region to manage overlapping risks to heritage and people, including conflicts, disasters and epidemics, in the framework of the Alliance for Cultural First Aid, Peace and Resilience project.

Generously supported by the ALIPH Foundation and in partnership with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF) and the Zurich-based Centre for Security Studies (CSS), this 30-month cascading capacity development programme included training, research and field testing of integrated risk management strategies involving local governments and citizens. It effected positive change on the ground through combined online and in-person training with distance mentoring and in-field action supported by seed grants.

Co-creation and knowledge transfer were at the core of this project. With an aim to bridge knowledge and information gaps and ensure wider dissemination, the ALIPH Foundation supported the development of new tools in English and Arabic, as well as the translation of some existing tools into Arabic.


A Story of Change 3: Success Stories from the Alliance for Cultural First Aid, Peace and Resilience Project now in Arabic

The cohort of cultural first aiders trained as part of the Alliance for Cultural FirstASOC 3 in Arabic Aid, Peace and Resilience project carried out field projects at 16 heritage places, seven of which are World Heritage sites. They provided first aid to endangered heritage, improved the sites’ emergency preparedness and trained another group of 262 cultural first aiders, and proactively involved 624 residents and local community members in managing the risks to their local heritage.

This edition of A Story of Change captures, in the form of stories – through words, photos and direct quotes – the grassroots-level changes implemented by the participants. These changes aim to prepare communities, NGOs, cultural institutions and humanitarian aid agencies to cope with the negative impacts of intersecting conflicts, disasters and health crises while ensuring intercommunal harmony.


Community-Based Heritage Indicators for Peace (a sequel to PATH - Peacebuilding Assessment Tool for Heritage Recovery and Rehabilitation) now in Arabic

Peace Indicators in ArabicA people-centred approach to heritage preservation can help reinstate peace and build disaster resilience, contributing to a sustainable recovery. Community-Based Heritage Indicators for Peace provides a step-by-step methodology for developing a set of peace indicators to capture local voices on how communities use and regard heritage in peace and conflict situations.

This Tool has adapted the Everyday Peace Indicators methodology and is designed to assist individuals, community groups, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations working in cultural heritage, humanitarian and development aid, conflict transformation, transitional justice and peacebuilding.

Other multilingual tools developed and translated as part of this project

ICCROM’s widely implemented resources, such as the First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis – Handbook and Toolkit were translated into Arabic and Dari

PATHPeacebuilding Assessment Tool for Heritage Recovery and Rehabilitation was translated into Arabic.

To help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, three self-help videos were produced in partnership with EHRF.

ICCROM-FAR is grateful to our partners at the ALIPH Foundation for their support. We also extend thanks to Mr Anthony Rizk, who helped us translate the publications into Arabic.