The role of NGOs in ICH safeguarding Estonia, September 2010 Harriet Deacon, correspondent for the Archival Platform
Overview • The role of NGOs and other stakeholders under the Intangible Heritage Convention • The case of the Archival Platform in South Africa
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 …
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 ...
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
Role of States Parties: international • Submitting nomination files • Applying for international assistance • Participating in the organs of the Convention • International cooperation and exchange
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
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 ....
Other possible roles • Lobbying states to ratify the Convention • Advocacy about ICH
The Archival Platform A networking, research and advocacy project across the heritage and archive sector in South Africa
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
An international audience Visits to the AP website from cities across the world, Jan-Aug 2010
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
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