Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth is a two-year pilot programme being rolled out with local partners in three countries, Kenya, Columbia and Vietnam. In Kenya, seed grants and skills training to support cultural heritage will be offered to individuals, groups, communities and organisations working in creative enterprises, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage. Using the hashtag #CultureGrows, the Kenyan programme aims to promote both social engagement and a wider understanding of the key role that Kenya’s diverse cultural heritage can play as a valuable contributor to economic growth, stimulating tourism, creating jobs and enhancing the investment climate.
Among the implementing partners is Book Bunk Trust, a charitable trust focused on the renovation and restoration of heritage library spaces as well as the installation of new libraries into public spaces, which will be supporting the preservation and promotion of the McMillan Library – Kenya’s oldest library. Other partners are Chao Tayiana, the writer and Founder of African Digital Heritage, Mount Kenya University in partnership with the University of West of Scotland, who will spearhead training in cultural heritage skills all over the country. Heva Fund will extend grants for entrepreneurs and small business in the creative economy with the first of its seed funding applications already underway.
The Cultural Protection Fund takes on Climate Change awarding 5 new projects in East Africa!
In December 2020 the Fund announced a pilot round to support preparedness for the effects of natural disasters and climate change on cultural heritage in East Africa. We have now selected 5 projects working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to protect important heritage sites, collections and intangible practices from the growing threat of climate change.
The projects are:
£76,447 awarded to INTO, working in partnership with Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda who will protect the tangible and intangible heritage of the Bakonzo and Alur communities which is at risk due to rapidly melting snow in the Rwenzori Mountains in Western Uganda.
£61,701 awarded to St Andrew’s University, in partnership with the University of Dar Es Salaam to assess and digitise the coastal sites of Kilwa Kisiwani and Bagamoyo in Tanzania with a view to better preparing it for future rising sea levels, as well as documenting associated intangible heritage with these sites.
£109,744 awarded to Book Bunk Trust in partnership with African Digital Heritage Foundation and Built Environment Surveyors & Infrastructure Consultancy (BESIC) Group Ltd, to digitise and protect the physical collection of paper and photographic collections at the McMillan Memorial Library in Nairobi in order to mitigate against the climate-related risks of heat and moisture.
£106,700 awarded to the Federal Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) in partnership with the Addis Ababa University, Mekelle University Institute of Paleoenvironment and Heritage Conservation and M. Womersleys Ltd. The project involves the preparation of risk assessments and preparedness guidelines for 23 rock-hewn church sites in the Gheralata Mountain Region of Ethiopia.
£109,430 awarded to ICCROM in partnership with National Museums Kenya to develop disaster risk management plans for 4 heritage sites on the Kenyan coast that are at risk due to rising sea levels, coastal erosion, salt evaporation and storms.
This pilot round has enabled the Cultural Protection Fund to open opportunities in new geographies and address different threats to our valuable cultural heritage. Despite an exceptionally challenging year, these exciting projects are committed to delivering the Fund’s outcomes and will help us to shape how we continue to protect cultural heritage against threats such as climate change. Stephanie Grant, Senior Programme Manager Cultural Protection Fund