The Role of the African World Heritage Fund in the Conservation of African World Heritage Sites



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This chapter discusses the genesis and development of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) as an organisation mandated to assist African countries to nominate sites on to the World Heritage List (WHL) and to conserve sites that are listed. The chapter discusses the main strategies that the AWHF is using to fulfil its mandate, which include capacity building and provision of grants to African countries to initiate projects. The chapter shows that within Africa, there is a wide acceptance of the AWHF and that through its efforts, African heritage issues have now gained world attention. It is concluded that although it still has challenges and shortcomings, the AWHF has largely succeeded in achieving its main objective of ensuring that African countries have the professional capacity and strategies to prepare World Heritage nomination dossiers and also manage and conserve their World Heritage Sites.