Change of leadership at CHDA


It is with sincere regret with which we, the Board of the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa inform all our development partners, donors, international community and the heritage fraternity of the departure of Ms Deirdre Prins-Solani as the Director of the centre.

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Ms. Prins- Solani for the excellent work she has accomplished, her efficient and insightful leadership and the innovative programs and milestones CHDA achieved during her tenure as Director. Innovative programs such as the ‘Lab in the Suitcase’, the Heritage Entrepreneurship Awards Program for Youth and the incubation of the Mombasa Old Town Youth Cultural Group has attracted much interest and beginning to clearly demonstrate the transformative relationship between heritage and development.

In keeping with its new strategy, CHDA has also signed important international cooperation in Africa with States Parties such as Botswana, Rwanda and is supporting developments in Mozambique. In order to strengthen the networks and resources to support African heritage professionals it has also signed an contract with INTO (International National Trust Organisation). Its on-going partners for activities remain the African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage division and the UNESCO Movable Heritage section.

CHDA has faced serious financial challenges in the wake of the conclusion of some of its major programs in 2009, coupled with the global financial crisis. The Board has found it increasingly difficult to secure the position of Director as part of the Centre running costs. As a part of rolling out its sustainability plan, the Board has embarked on an effort to secure the post of Directorship through the secondment of a senior staff member through African States Parties who receive support through the programs of CHDA.

Through the continued commitment of the National Museums of Kenya as the host country to CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar, has been seconded by the National Museums of Kenya, to serve as the interim Director to CHDA. Kassim is no stranger to CHDA and its activities, having consistently served as a resource person in the Africa 2009 program.


Kassim Omar previously headed the Mombasa Old Town Conservation Office (MOTCO) and is currently the Acting Director for the Research Institute for Swahili Studies of East Africa (RISSEA), a directorate of the National Museums of Kenya. An architect by training, he is currently completing a PhD in Architectural Conservation.

We wish to welcome continued support to the efforts of the Board and staff of CHDA in creating a sustainable and viable heritage capacity building institution in Africa.


Dr Idle Farah
Centre for Heritage Development in Africa

POST DOCTORAL/ PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS in the Wits Art Museum, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

We invite applications for 2 Fellowship in the WITS ART MUSEUM at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. These fellowships are funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation and will be situated in the Wits Art Museum. The positions will preferably be filled by Postdoctoral candidates, but we will consider strong applications from candidates with MA degrees intending to enroll for, or currently enrolled for PhDs. The fellows will work with the curators of the Wits Art Museum and the Chair in the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa on a research-driven re-engagement with the collections of historical and contemporary African arts in the Wits Art Museum. We are therefore looking for fellows with research experience in one or more of the following fields: African visual art, African music, African performance arts, African dress. One of the main tasks of the fellows will be to help academic divisions in Wits and at other institutions access, engage with, and use the collections in teaching and research. They will have to outline and drive a series of seminars which will, at the end of the project, be published as a collection of essays. Fellows will be expected to participate in exhibitions and publications planned within the Wits Art Museum.

Each Fellowship will be for a period of 36 months (although we may consider terms shorter than that) and will include a stipend, a shared office with own computer, library access and a small research grant per year. The fellowship project will start in July 2012, and will end in July 2015.

Applications must be sent to Julia Charlton, (Senior Curator at WAM)
and should include:

Title and abstract of the doctoral thesis, or master’s thesis/research report
Copies of degree certificate (or a signed letter from a supervisor saying that the degree will be completed before the candidate is due to take up the position)
Copies of completed articles or published essays (if any)
A Curriculum Vitae (Resumé)
A letter of motivation.
The names and email addresses of two referees, one of whom should be the supervisor of the doctorate/MA dissertation.
Submission deadline 15 July 2012

Michael W. Conner PhD., ISA-AM
ArtConsul Collections Management & Appraisal
4002 Turnberry Drive, Champaign, IL 61822
Cell: (217) 369-9875 FAX-PH: (217) 352-5641




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The Centre for Heritage Development, an institution founded in 2000 by the (ICCROM) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), has since its inception, trained over 650 heritage professionals from across the 26 African countries it serves. Its capacity building program includes; providing support to national heritage institutions, local communities and States Parties in the areas of; Movable Heritage, Immovable Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its approach to capacity building emphasizes the relationship between heritage and development.

The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) is a government institution, which was inaugurated in September 18, 1989 with one ethnographic museum based in Huye-Butare under the name of National Museum of Rwanda. Other museums have been opened since 2004:

  • Natural History Museum of Kigali in December 2004,
  • Arts Museum of Rwesero in Nyanza in May 2006,
  • Rwanda Ancient History Museum in Nyanza/Rukari in May 2008, and
  • Presidential Palace Museum in Kanombe in February 2009.
  • In 2012, the Environmental Museum will open in Karonge/ Western Provence

The INMR’s vision is to provide museums and heritage sites around the country with a platform for education and exposing Rwandan Cultural and Natural richness. The INMR’s mission is to collect, preserve, research and present Rwandese past and present cultural and natural national heritage.

Rwanda is an emerging powerhouse in Africa. With increasing delivery on infrastructure and services to its peoples, its attention has now turned to the development of culture and heritage as a vehicle for development and restoring the dignity of all peoples in Rwanda.

Under the leadership of his visionary Board, the dynamic and purposeful Director General, Alphonse Umuliisa, has embarked on a program in Africa and globally, of seeking partnerships which would catalyse and nurture the emerging heritage sector in Rwanda.

The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa and the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement between CHDA and the INMR is focused on providing capacity building support and creating a strategy which has specific outcomes between 2012 and 2014 related to; identifying and developing concepts for new museums in various provinces, strengthening the competencies required in museum management and development, creating innovative activities between the museums and the local communities and providing support in its effort to safeguard intangible cultural heritage.


The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program

The University of Michigan
African Presidential Scholars Program

Program Description:

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) is designed to enhance collaboration between early career faculty from Ghana, Liberia, Uganda and South Africa and students and faculty at the University of Michigan. It is also designed to support faculty development in Africa and capacity building for African home institutions. The University of Michigan offers support in cultivating the next generation of African scholars by bringing them to the University of Michigan for periods of four to six months, and it seeks to build and strengthen lasting scholarly relationships with those scholars and their institutions. At the University of Michigan, they will have access to library and research materials that can assist them in working on a research project, academic degree, new course, grant proposal, or other relevant activity. While in residency, they will also be paired with a University of Michigan faculty member for collaboration on projects that will help them advance their careers. Eligible scholars may apply to visit Michigan for two months, a semester (four months), or for a half year (six months) beginning in September, 2013.

Research, Mentoring, and African Initiatives at UM:

Faculty representing all disciplines and all subjects are encouraged to apply. Each selected UMAPS scholar will be paired with a University of Michigan faculty member (or faculty research team) with similar interests. Applicants will have a greater chance of success if their scholarly work represents areas of special need and/or capacity building for their home institutions, and represents scholarly areas in which the University of Michigan is particularly able to provide mentorship and collaborative engagement.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the websites of the University of Michigan ( and the African Studies Center ( for additional information about the University.

The University of Michigan is currently highlighting the following areas:

  • African Heritage: research in African history, anthropology, literature, religious studies, and allied disciplines in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • African Social Research Initiative. Quantitative social scientific research on income dynamics, urbanization, gender, governance, demographics, urbanization, public health and environmental change.
  • STEM-Africa: research in the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

However, our areas of interest and mentorship are broad and we encourage applications from the widest possible arena.


African Presidential Scholars will be provided with round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan, housing, and a stipend to cover living and research expenses during their residency at the University of Michigan. Scholars would begin their residency in September, 2013.

It is expected that the scholar’s home institution will continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary during the duration of the fellowship.

Each scholar will be asked to give a seminar with other visiting Ghanaian, Liberian, Ugandan, and South African scholars and U-M faculty and students during his or her tenure.

The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or funds to support an extended stay.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria and Process:

The applicant must be a faculty member from universities in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, or the University of Liberia. Since a primary intent of the program is assistance in capacity building in African academe, strong preference will be given to early career members of the faculty. Mid-career faculty may also apply for consideration.

Early career faculty means faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years. Applicants may or may not have received their PhD. If they have not received their PhD, the application to UMAPS should detail how a Michigan residency will contribute to that end. If they have PhD in hand, their programme of research in relation to career development should be clearly stated.

All applicants should include a letter of support from Head of Department, Chair, Dean or another person in the university administration recommending the candidate and explaining how this particular scholar will address an outstanding faculty/scholarly need at their university. The letter additionally should confirm the institution’s commitment to continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary while on leave at Michigan.  Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan. Selection will be based on the academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship; the academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle — it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks — and with the areas of interest described above; and the support of the candidate’s home institution. Strong emphasis will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be given strong consideration. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored for the program.

Guidance on the Project Proposal:

Please ensure your project proposal includes the goals and range of work you hope to complete in the four to six months at UM.  The expectation is that many applicants will be continuing or completing research they have already begun.  If you intend to begin a new area of research, please explain how much of the topic you would be able to cover and how you would complete the work once back in your home country.  Also note the likely outcomes of your work at UM, for instance the completion of a manuscript, submission of articles, etc.

Application and Deadlines:

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A scholarly program proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages
  • A letter of support from the department chair or program head, dean, or vice chancellor at the applicant’s home institution. This letter should: (1) indicate the institution’s commitment to continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary while on leave at Michigan. It should also (2) describe the candidate’s strengths and merits, and (3) explain how this candidate’s Michigan residency contributes to central needs of the university.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Director, African Studies Center
The University of Michigan
International Institute
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1106
Tel: 734-615-3027
Fax: 734-936-0996

Alternatively, applications, or queries, can be sent electronically to the following electric mail address:



Students of Brandenburg University of Technology assist in fundraising for CHDA programs

As part of a seminar on financing and fundraising for heritage preservation and promotion activities, a group of 26 master students, from 28 countries across the globe, in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany, attempts to support CHDA by developing fund-raising strategies for its initiatives.

The cooperation will be launched on Monday, 4th of June with a shared introductory class in which – by video conferencing –representatives of CHDA will introduce the Centre and its current initiatives to the students. The seminar is aimed at enabling the master students to acquire a set of basic skills in budgeting, financial management and fundraising, which will allow them to estimate budgets, manage financial processes as part of project management and accompany their financial audits. In this context the course emphasizes budgeting and financial administration requirements of major donor organizations for cultural heritage and raises student’s awareness concerning the cultural diversity of global and regional approaches to fundraising and financing. To channel the exercise towards a beneficial aim, exciting new projects of CHDA were identified as case studies for the fund-raising campaigns that are to be developed as student exercises until mid-July. CHDA and the World Heritage Studies master students hope that the fund-raising strategies will be successfully implemented and collect financial support for the benefit of CHDA initiatives.

Call for Applications – UNITAR World Heritage Sites Programme 2012

Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the
Context of World Heritage Nominations
4 – 8 June 2012
Hiroshima, Japan

Series Background

The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, launched in 2003, has thus far comprised eight annual Workshops held in Hiroshima and one in-country Workshop in India. The Series, with over 300 Alumni to date, offers a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including:

A values-based management approach examining the significance of the sites to beconserved;

  • The fusion of cultural and natural heritage management;
  • The recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites.
  • The 2012 Session, entitled Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the Context of World

Heritage Nominations examines in detail the expectations and requirements needed to effectively address this most essential part of World Heritage nominations.


The specific objectives of the 2012 Workshop will be to:

  • Review the key elements of the World Heritage Regime, incorporating updates and
  • current trends;
  • Elucidate the principles of “Values-Based Heritage Management”;
  • Examine the Justification of Outstanding Universal Value as a crucial element of World
  • Heritage nominations, identifying best practices and lessons learned;
  • Through reality-based practical exercises, extract key concepts and common issues
    for given sites;
  • Enhance long-term peer learning and exchange among the participants.


Interactive Lectures:

Lectures will be delivered by representatives of UNITAR, UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS and the Getty Conservation Institute, outlining from both international and regional perspectives the current trends in analysing and identifying Outstanding Universal Value in the nomination process.

Training of Trainers:

A focus will be made throughout the training sessions to relate the learning being facilitated to the realities on the ground of potential or current World Heritage sites. In addition, each participant will be empowered to recreate the training upon their return to their country in order to achieve a self-propagating legacy.

Study Tours:

Underscoring the theoretical introductions and analysis presented, Study Tours form an integral part of the training methodologies utilised by UNITAR. Visits will be made to the World Heritage Atomic Bomb Dome and it’s attendant museums, as well as to the World Heritage Itsukushima Shinto Shrine.

Practical Exercise:

Key to the facilitation of learning at the Workshop is the Practical Exercise whereby participants must work in small groups to analyse real world Case Studies and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge received

Participation/Qualification of Applicants

The participants (up to 25) will consist of:

  • Potential or current World Heritage site managers;
  • Natural/cultural conservation specialists and trainers;
  • Decision makers and government officers;
  • Representatives of academic institutions, think-tanks and civil society;
  • Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo with professional interests in conservation issue.


Selection, by a committee comprised of UNITAR and its faculty, will be based upon:

  • Candidates’ qualifications and merits;
  • Potential benefits they may gain from the Workshop in the conduct of daily professional duties;
  • Future roles they may play as trainers.

Participation Cost

The following subsidized costings, covering all accommodation, tuition, material, study-tour, breakfast and lunch costs for the duration of the programme (Monday, 4 June – Friday, 8 June 2012), are applicable for the Session:

  • General participants: USD 800
  • Participants from Upper Middle Income Countries:* USD 700
  • Participants from Lower Middle Income Countries:* USD 600
  • Participants from Least Developed Countries:* USD 500

– Please note that all travel costs to and from Hiroshima are the responsibility of the participant and/or their organisation.

*Definitions of such countries are outlined on the Application Page

Application Procedure

To apply for the Workshop, please visit:

The deadline for Applications is: Monday 7 May 2012.

Any questions regarding the Workshop may be directed to Mr. Berin McKenzie, Specialist at UNITAR who is coordinating the programme: or by calling +81-82-511-2424.

Any questions regarding the modalities of the Session may be forwarded to Mr. Berin McKenzie, ( Specialist at UNITAR, who is coordinating the Session.

Case Study

Each candidate is required to submit a one page (maximum) Case Study describing a heritage site with which they have experience.

Please note:

  • These Case Studies will be distributed to all faculty, as well as being incorporated into the Workshop literature; please ensure this document does not exceed the maximum limit.
  • Please submit this document in Word format and, in order to assist UNITAR in the application process, please ensure all documents sent electronically are saved with the following name format: WHS12-country-familyname-document, e.g.: WHS12-newzealandsmith-casestudy.
  • Some selected cases may be used at the Workshop. In such cases, the participant who submitted the Case Study will act as a ‘data provider’ to the team, outlining any specifics of the Case Study in question.

The Case Study must contain at least the following elements, under the same headings (the percentages indicate relative importance of each segment):

Description of the site and corresponding data on that Site (40%)

  • This should include the description/definition of the spatial area. The Site could be an already designated World Heritage Site, a site included on a national tentative list, or not listed at all but a site that the applicant believes to have an “Outstanding Universal Value”.

Please identify the values of the site.

Description of the current management system, and problems observed (40%)

This should contain a description of the existing management system (international, national, local, indigenous, etc.). Please analyse whether or not the existing system and overall trends protect and promote the values of the Site and avoid (potential) threats to the Site’s values.

Suggestion for a project (20%)

The Case Study should suggest one or more discussion topics or project(s) in order to tackle the problems or threats to the site. Only if the case is selected will topics or project proposals be discussed and elaborated in plenary or by working teams, therefore the summary paper need not contain a full project document and maps or data need not be copied or attached at this stage.

In order to confirm your application, please ensure your Case Study is uploaded during the Participant Registration process as well as forwarded to Mr. Berin McKenzie, Specialist at UNITAR who is coordinating the course (

We look forward to receiving your application.




Ivan Karp’s Publications: An Online Archive


Ivan Karp was National Endowment for the Humanities Professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and co-director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) until his retirement in May 2011. He passed away on Sept. 17, 2011.

Karp’s work has had a broad influence in anthropology, African studies, museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship and many other fields. This online archive of his publications is intended to make that work widely available. The links at left provide lists of Karp’s books and downloads of his articles, as well as lists of the works published in the two book series for which he served as editor. Articles have been grouped into four themes, although many of his papers address more than one of these areas. T.O. Beidelman offers an overview of Karp’s work in an article published in African Studies Review in 2012.

Karp received many honors and awards during his career, among them: the Marion Creekmore Award for significant contributions to internationalizing Emory (2005); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to establish the Institutions of Public Culture, a linked program of fellowships and student awards between Emory University and selected institutions in Cape Town, South Africa (2000-08); a Ford Foundation grant in support of Area Studies under the Crossing Boundaries, Cultural Studies and Area Studies Initiatives (1997); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for a Postdoctoral Center in the Humanities on the subject of Public Scholarship (1996-2000); a Special Award for the Office of the Assistant Secretaries for Museums for research on Museums and the Cultural Imagination (1992); a Rockefeller Foundation-Smithsonian Institution grant for conferences on Museums and Communities and Exhibiting Cultures (1987, 1988); a Rockefeller grant for conferences on Museum Cultures (2006); and many more.

Karp also served as co-editor for the Indiana University Press series African Systems of Thought and the Smithsonian Institution Press series Studies in Ethnographic Inquiry. He served on the editorial boards of Museum Anthropology; African Philosophy; Les Classiques Africaines; Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa; Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy; Cultural Anthropology; Anthropological Linguistics; Anthropology; and more.

All downloadable papers are used here with permission. Please do not recirculate them, but feel free to direct others to this website.



24 September- 26 October, 2012 (5 weeks)


Rome, with study visits to other cities in Italy

UNESCO, Blue Shield Network and specialized international and national agencies

the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC)

Armed conflicts world wide continue to involve deliberate or accidental damage to cultural heritage. Conflicts result in the weakening of governments and societies and endanger the core values that hold communities together. The protection and recovery of Cultural heritage can play a crucial role in rebuilding societies and in overcoming the sense of loss and displacement.
Notwithstanding, in times of conflict, any operation will be delayed as ensuring security and safety of people takes precedence. As a result, it is essential for the concerned professionals working in these areas to understand how and when to intervene to secure or recover cultural heritage while law enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts are under way. The course therefore, will provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to analyze a conflict; understand its underlying causes; its manifestations including its impact on cultural heritage and identify various actors who could be involved in protecting cultural heritage

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
– Analyze patterns in present-day conflicts, especially in relation to their interactions with cultural heritage
– Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the impact that conflict has on them
– Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in conflict situations
– Secure, salvage and stabilize a variety of cultural materials
– Take peacetime preparatory action to improve response in times of conflict
– Critically examine the applicability of international legal instruments, and of conservation ethics and principles in times of conflict
– Communicate successfully with the various actors involved, and work in teams

The course will comprise group activities, interactive lectures, practical sessions, simulations, site visits and case studies. Participants will be asked to develop case studies drawing from their own experience and work context.

The course is aimed at those who are actively involved in the protection of cultural heritage within a variety of institutions (libraries, museums, archives, sites, departments of antiquities or archaeology, religious and community centres, etc.). It is also aimed at professionals from humanitarian and cultural aid organizations, as well as military, civilian and civil defense personnel. Those with experience in conflict situations are particularly encouraged to apply. A maximum of 22 participants will be selected.

International team of professionals identified through ICCROM and its partners.


COURSE FEE: 900 € (Euro)

Participants are responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Rome, Italy, and for all living expenses. To cover the cost of living, including accommodation, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of 1,800 € (Euro) for the entire duration of the course. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.

The organizers may offer financial support to a limited number of selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding from any other sources. Candidates are also advised to contact Italian cultural institutes in their home countries, as some may be able to offer short-term scholarships for research or training activities carried out in Italy.

Please fill out the ICCROM application form [] and send it together with your personal statement by e-mail. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy; however, to ensure that your application meets the deadline, send an advance copy of the application form and your personal statement by e-mail.

Candidates are requested to provide a letter stating clearly the reasons for applying to the course, what they hope to learn from it, and how it will benefit them and their institution, country, or future employer (maximum of 700 words).

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