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  1. The role of NGOs in ICH safeguarding Estonia, September 2010 Harriet Deacon, correspondent for the Archival Platform

  2. Overview • The role of NGOs and other stakeholders under the Intangible Heritage Convention • The case of the Archival Platform in South Africa

  3. The Intangible Heritage Convention

  4. Strong obligations of States Parties • Ensure the safeguarding of the ICH in their territory • Identify and define the ICH with the participation of relevant communities, groups and NGOs • Draw up inventories of the ICH States Parties shall …

  5. Other obligations • Adopt general policy • Establish / designate institutions for safeguarding • Foster research • Ensure appropriate access • Ensure respect for ICH • Ensure community participation States Parties shall try (by all means) to ...

  6. Role of States Parties at national level Creating a legal & administrative context for safeguarding Inventorying, identifying, defining ICH elements Helping implement specific measures to safeguard ICH elements Awareness-raising about value of ICH

  7. Role of States Parties: international • Submitting nomination files • Applying for international assistance • Participating in the organs of the Convention • International cooperation and exchange

  8. Roles of communities groups Identification Inventorying Documentation Research Revitalization Ensuring sustainability Ensuring access to places and materials Transmission through education Transmission Enactment Other agencies Communities Awareness-raising Consent for nominations to the Lists Safeguarding measures

  9. Roles of NGOs and others • Identifying and defining • Inventorying • Safeguarding • Preparing nomination files • Research • Capacity building • Collaborations and networks • NGOs, if accredited, advise Committee and assist Secretariat Assist communities and States Parties where requested in ....

  10. Accredited NGOs

  11. Other possible roles • Lobbying states to ratify the Convention • Advocacy about ICH

  12. The Archival Platform A networking, research and advocacy project across the heritage and archive sector in South Africa

  13. The Archive is not just about archives

  14. The work of the Archival Platform • Weak professional organizations • Poor links between disciplines • Poor links between government, academics and practitioners • Poor information flow • Strong institutional hierarchies research advocacy public engagement networking

  15. An international audience Visits to the AP website from cities across the world, Jan-Aug 2010

  16. Our role in ICH safeguarding • Networking and information sharing • Involvement in national ICH policy in South Africa, 2009 • Project on Ancestral Stories • Correspondent Thokozani Mhlambi involved in a project promoting traditional African bow music

  17. Contacts • director@archivalplatform.org • Facebook: Archival Platform • Twitter: the_archive • www.archivalplatform.org