CHDA Partners with the Department of Culture to Build Capacity for Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage among the Maasai Communities

Between 5th and 22nd November 2018, the Department of Culture, of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts of the Government of Kenya and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), working closely with the County Governments of Kajiado and Narok, as well as other stakeholders, undertook four – days’ capacity building workshops for the Maasai communities of the two Counties, on the Inventorying of their intangible cultural heritage.

Mr. Okwaro making apresentation

Mr. Okwaro making apresentation

The program, called “Workshop on Empowering the Community with Knowledge and Skills on Community-based Inventorying”, was coordinated by Mr. George Litswa, a Senior Cultural Officer at the Department of Culture, assisted by his colleagues, Mrs. Josephine Lilechi and Margaret Mwachala.

The lead Resource person for the training workshop was Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro, the Interim Director at the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), who was assisted by Dr. Kiprop Lagat, Director of the Department of Culture, Government of Kenya and Dr. Dennis Opudo, a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the National Museums of Kenya.

The workshop in Kajiado took place between 5th and 8th November, in Loitokitok between 12th and 15th November and in Narok between 19th and 22nd November 2018.

Apart from representatives of the local communities, other stakeholders who attended included representatives of local NGOs working in the areas of culture, heritage and tourism.

The workshops looked at several topics related to inventorying of ICH, among them:

  1. Introduction to Community-Based Inventorying
  2. Key Concepts in the 2003 Convention.
  3. Identification and Inventorying of ICH
  4. The role of communities in the inventorying process
  5. Developing and inventory framework
  6. Ethics in community-based inventorying
  7. The principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent in inventorying
  8. Methods and techniques of Inventorying
  9. Information generation methods
  10. Ground preparation in inventorying


CHDA takes this opportunity to thank the Department of Culture for inviting us to work with them on this program and hopes that the two organizations will take this partnership into the future. We also thank the County Governments of Kajiado and Narok for their support and collaboration and most important, we thank the local Maasai communities for their contributions, friendship and sharing of knowledge.

Peter Dennis Okwaro

Director, CHDA.

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