Porte du non-retour - Ouidah
Porte du non-retour - Ouidah

Youth.Heritage.Africa. is a new ICCROM long-term regional initiative. The goal is to create economic value, invest in social and human capital, and foster innovation and creativity within the heritage sector in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

There is good reason to focus on African youth. Africa is home to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population; those between the ages of 14 and 35 years constitute over 40%. They are also the most affected by unemployment and poverty. At the same time, the context is evolving fast: there is a growing network of African universities, of active civil society, and of vibrant tech ecosystems around the continent. Africa’s youth combined with its rich heritage hold a great potential for social and economic development.

Building upon the experience and know-how of the African World Heritage Fund, the École du Patrimoine African and other African institutional partners, the new ICCROM programme will have the following objectives:

  • Engage Africa's youth in caring for heritage – its conservation, resilience, management and promotion.
  • Mainstream sustainable entrepreneurship opportunities within the heritage sector.
  • Develop sustainable, resilient and innovative use of heritage for education, development and peace.

In the next 3 years, we will engage youth through:

  • The creation of six pilot “heritage hubs” that will bring them together around heritage activities and heritage assets.  
  • A yearly Africa-wide Youth & Heritage Competition to discover talent and support them technically and financially so they can build their business.  
  • Leadership in heritage management and entrepreneurship training in order to strengthen current and future heritage institutions.

At the global level, ICCROM and its partners will strive to raise the profile of heritage, especially among politicians and high-level decision makers.

By 2022, we expect that over 1500 young Africans will have been involved in the programme, supported by an active network of heritage institutions across the continent.


Visit from the Ambassador of South Africa 

Visit from the Ambassador of South Africa 

On 15 September, ICCROM Director-General Webber Ndoro was honoured to meet with HE Ambassador Nosipho Nausca Jean Ngcaba, Ambassador of South Africa to Italy, at ICCROM headquarters.


Sending our condolences to Libya

ICCROM is deeply saddened by the recent flooding that has devastated Libya. We offer our sincerest condolences to the government and people of Libya for the lives tragically lost and the extensive damage caused.

HE Bassam Rady, Ambassador of Egypt to Italy

Visit from the Ambassador of Egypt

On 14 September, ICCROM Director-General Webber Ndoro was honoured to meet with HE Bassam Rady, Ambassador of Egypt to Italy, at ICCROM headquarters.

Call for applications – 7th African World Heritage Youth Forum

Call for applications – 7th African World Heritage Youth Forum

The 7th edition of the African World Heritage Youth Forum will be held under the theme “Engaging African Youth in Climate Action for World Heritage Conservation,” with an online phase taking place from 23 to 28 October 2023, followed by an in-person meeting in Cairo, Egypt, from 20 to 24 November 2023.

New Project to Preserve 1.5-million-year-old Human Footprint Fossil in Kenya

New project to preserve 1.5-million-year-old human footprint fossil in Kenya 

In collaboration with National Museums of Kenya and with financial contribution from the British Council Cultural Protection Fund, ICCROM is engaged in a community-centred project focused on the long-term preservation of fossil footprints that date back to approximately 1.5 million years ago. The fossil was found in Ileret, a village on the North Eastern shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya.

ICCROM in Egypt for Sudan

LIVE: ICCROM in Cairo to help Sudanese heritage professionals respond to crisis

ICCROM, through our First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAR) programme and our Sharjah Regional Office (UAE), in close collaboration with the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM), UNESCO and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF), is organizing a five-day workshop on crisis response, risk mitigation, and first aid for Sudan's endangered...

Visit from Angola

Visit from Minister of Culture and Tourism and Ambassador of Angola

On 27 June 2023, ICCROM Director-General Webber Ndoro had the honour of receiving H.E. Mr. Felipe Silva de Pina Za, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Angola and H.E. Ms. Maria de Fátima Domingas M. Jardim, Ambassador of Angola to Italy, accompanied by a delegation.

Undertaking Business in Culture

Call for Applications: Cultural Entrepreneurship Programme

As part of the international project Undertaking Business in Culture, a collaboration between ICCROM and the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali, applications are now open for suitable learning partners to join the Cultural Entrepreneurship Programme.

drm mozambique

ICCROM facilitates workshop for disaster risk management of Mozambique, World Heritage site

From 6 to 9 June 2023, at the invitation of the Government of Mozambique and its partners, ICCROM facilitated a workshop on disaster risk management organized by UNESCO on the Island of Mozambique, a World Heritage site.

Sudan workshop, June 2023

ICCROM's FAR programme helps Sudan national crisis response and risk management

From 3 to 5 June 2023, ICCROM’s FAR programme, supported by its alumni and long-standing partner, the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF), co-led an emergency workshop and forum at the Child Museum in Cairo, Egypt, aimed at supporting Sudan in safeguarding its heritage sites.