Gambia Completes Needs Assessment for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

June 2015

Under the auspices of the UNESCO Dakar Office, and with the assistance of a Consultant fielded in from Mali, the NCAC conducted a needs assessment exercise for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the country, between 8th – 18th June 2015.

The assessment was conducted in two phases. The first phase entailed a field mission to consult with stakeholders throughout the country in selected regions and administrative areas to enable physical observations and assessment of existing capacities to ensure local input and identify gaps for the ultimate output. The second phase was in the form of a two-day national consultation meeting with stakeholders, including heritage professionals, representatives of academia, community representatives and civil society, and took place at The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute, Kanifing, between 16th - 17th June.

The main expected output of the assessment is a comprehensive project proposal that will address the safeguarding needs, paying particular attention to the role and function of the Gambia Kankurang Centre in Janjanbureh. This will lead to a multi-faceted safeguarding programme which will be presented to UNESCO and the international donor community for funding.

Pa Dikori Jawo, Alkali of Kuntaur Fulakunda, one of the informants of the field mission.
Unfortunately, he passed a few days after the mission.

A group photograph of participants who attended the National Consultation Forum at the GTHI

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