World Heritage Nomination Training Course


DATE: 15 – 26 October 2012

VENUE: Uganda

ORGANISATORS: Centre for Heritage Development in Africa, African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda

FUNDING: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, African World Heritage Fund

1- Background

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The AWHF, in collaboration with World Heritage institutions and African State Parties, initiated a Nomination training course for African State Parties in 2009. The course focusses on the development of nomination files (dossiers and management plans) for consideration by the World Heritage Committee. This was in response to the fact that in spite of its very rich heritage, the Africa Region has continued to have the least number of sites (9%) on the prestigious World Heritage List. The main objective of the training course is to build competence and capacity among African heritage practitioners in the development of nomination files as required by the World Heritage Committee when considering properties for inscription on the World Heritage List.

As for the first two course cycles, the implementation of the third round of nomination course is being coordinated by regional training institutions in Africa, namely the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) for the Anglophone programme.

2- Objective of the course

  • To give competence to African natural and cultural heritage practitioners thereby improving the quality of African nomination files submitted to the World Heritage Committee.
  • To reinforce the network of African heritage professionals working on World Heritage properties.
  • Set up a support and follow up mechanism to facilitate delivery of credible nomination files.
  • To increase the number and diversity of African heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

3- Phases

The course consists of three components, namely:

  • A two week workshop in Uganda [15-26 October 2012] introducing the nomination process and evaluating initial country nomination proposals in order to establish follow up work.
  • Eight months of fieldwork by the participants in their countries, during which they might receive the assistance of a nominated mentor with relevant expertise to enhance their nomination work. During this phase or after, an institution working on a nomination might receive (and upon application) up to US$15,000 from the AWHF to carry out work required for the successful completion of the nomination.
  • A two week workshop in 2013 to evaluate progress on the nomination work by countries with a view of sending the completed nomination files to the World Heritage Centre.

4- Working language

The working language for the course is English.

5- Participants

Only participants who have already started working on a World Heritage nomination file will be selected for the training course. For each file, two participants will be accepted from each country.

Eligible female practitioners are encouraged to apply.

6- Applying for the training course

All applicants should submit the following application package:

  • The completed application form;
  • A signed letter of recommendation and commitment from the National Director or the highest national authority in charge of Immovable Heritage Conservation/Management or for natural sites, the highest authority in charge of the proposed site in your country. For the countries where there is a national World Heritage Committee, the recommendation letter might be co-signed by the Chairperson of the Committee. The letter will make clear the facilities and/or support the State Party is giving to finalize the nomination process, including giving enough time and responsibilities to the participants to complete a credible nomination file. The letter should state that the applicants institution will not withdraw any of the applicants from the course or in the midst of the training cycle;
  • A brief description of property to be nominated. The description will comprise the following sections: historic and geographical background, values and criteria, components, state of conservation, management and protection measures in place. Preferably, the draft dossier (in its current level of completion) should be annexed to the application;
  • A two page summary of challenges being faced in the nomination process by the State Party.

It is our expectation that the property being worked on is already on the State Party’s Tentative List.

7- Deadline

The complete application package (including supporting documents) should be addressed simultaneously via postal and electronic mails at the latest on the 17 August 2012 to:

Hosea Wanderi
Immovable Heritage Programme Coordinator
Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)
Old Law Court Building, Nkrumah Road
P.O. BOX 90010 – 80100
Tel. +254 70 7701761
Fax +254 41 2227985

Email: with copy to and

Please copy your electronic application and any appendix or request/information to the three emails above.

Click here to download application form.

8- Funding

The costs for the training will be covered by the African World Heritage Fund and the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage of Uganda.

However, it will be requested that the selected participants contribute to the costs by taking in charge their personal costs, e.g. medical insurance and daily allowances. The financial support from their institution will be highly appreciated.

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