With the support of Member States and other top donors in Africa, ICCROM strives to develop an innovative and inclusive program to strengthen the capacity of the heritage community in Africa to better care for the continent’s rich cultural heritage. The effort includes reassessing partnerships with professionals, universities, cultural institutions, museums, NGOs and others in order to identify the next generation of stakeholders who will be able to preserve and restore the region’s cultural assets in a sustainable manner. This will also entail a review of the impact of previous experiences as well as a stock taking of current issues, challenges and opportunities. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the new programme will tackle heritage conservation within the larger framework of economic, social, cultural and environmental changes.
Several African universities are now developing degree programmes in conservation science and organizing academic networks devoted to conservation issues. This has fostered advancements in the heritage preservation sector. ICCROM intends to build upon these new encouraging developments in forging the organization’s new Africa programme.