International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property


Africa is home to the world's youngest and fastest-growing population, yet young people are most affected by unemployment and poverty. At the same time, the continent has a growing network of universities, a flourishing civil society and vibrant tech ecosystems.

Youth.Heritage.Africa (YHA) seeks to empower young heritage leaders and connect them through innovative strategies and initiatives to make their heritage a source of economic and social opportunity for them. 

Our goals are to:

  • Build human capital for the future of Africa and the conservation and management of its heritage
  • Promote heritage as an economic asset to address poverty and unemployment among young people in Africa
  • Mainstream sustainable entrepreneurship opportunities within the heritage sector
  • Engage and strengthen Africa's heritage institutions to enable the sustainable and innovative use of heritage for education, development, peace and security

These goals align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the aspirations of the African Union's Agenda 2063.