Call for applicants: Conservation Grants from AWH

by | Jun 17, 2016 | Uncategorized |

Each year the African World Heritage Fund provides conservation grants to African State parties in order to support and implement activities which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties.

All counties or regions in Africa are eligible, but project activities are restricted to World Heritage Sites as declared by UNESCO. That is why proposals must definitely address challenges affecting the state of conservation of the heritage property in question.

All government institutions involved in the management and protection of World Heritage sites can apply for the AWHF Grant. However, the application must be approved by the Head/Director of the heritage institution or organization accompanied by a cover letter endorsing the project. Also note that the project itself has to implemented within the time frame of 12 months.

Please note that it is very important to provide an elaborate budget plan because the AWHF grant will only cover direct costs related to the project activities. Furthermore , the applicants should indicate the State Parties’ contribution to the project.

The application form (English and French) can be downloaded on our “Grants” page 

You can find all the necessary information again in this summary

Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail to and carbon copy  OR post to the following address:

The African World Heritage Fund, DBSA Building ,1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill , Midrand 1685, South Africa 

The deadline for submission of all applications is by 12:00 PM (CAT) on the 31st of August 2016. 
The AWHF is looking forward to receiving your applications!



Dr Susan O. Keitumetse competed for and won two separate Commonwealth scholarships both to University of Cambridge, UK , where she pursued MPhil (Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums) and later on PhD (African cultural heritage and Sustainable Development). Before she had obtained a BA degree (Archaeology and Environmental Sciences) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography and History) from the University of Botswana. During her post-graduate studies, she combined both environmental science and archaeology disciplines to venture into the broader cultural and heritage management studies with a particular focus on sustainable development and cultural heritage management at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. With a view to catalyze a linkage between environment and cultural heritage in Africa, Dr Keitumetse conducted various researches and published works that illustrate the relevance of cultural and heritage resources for the broader environmental conservation. She works at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute as a researcher in cultural heritage and tourism where she undertakes applied research in areas such as the Okavango inland Delta World Heritage Site and Kalahari areas. Of particular note is her developing conservation model of Community-Based Cultural Heritage Resources Management (COBACHREM) to guide local communities and practitioners’ initiatives towards sustainable use of cultural heritage resources for social development. Dr Keitumetse is an associate editor of the journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability published by Springer. She also sits in the editorial board of the international journal of community archaeology and heritage, published by Taylor and Francis, as well as the International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development published by Green Lines Institute, Portugal. Dr Keitumetse has both national and international experience from across the world. She has won academic grants for research fellowships in international institutions that include; the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; the Watson Scholar Fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA and the Wenner-Gren Foundation research grant for research on ‘historical archaeology of marginal landscapes of eastern Botswana’. Outside academia and in international development Dr Keitumetse has worked and continues to work with institutions such as UNESCO as an expert advisor, examiner, facilitator, and consultant within the intangible cultural heritage section. She has corporate governance experience from African government parastatal institution dealing with environment, heritage, tourism and land use planning. These are derived from her tenure as a board director of Botswana Tourism Organisation for six years, where she also chaired a quality assurance committee of the board dealing with grading and certifying tourism accommodation. Her overall research interests are in the areas of sustainable development and cultural heritage conservation; historical archaeology; community heritage management; communal cultural identities; heritage tourism; heritage and protected areas; international management of cultural heritage; amongst others. Dr Susan Keitumetse has published extensively in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management in Africa, Her works comprise of peer-reviewed articles in international journals; peer-reviewed book chapters; refereed conference proceedings; and technical reports in international periodicals, magazines and newspapers. These can be accessed through search engines such as Google Scholar and LinkedIn. *********************************************************************************************
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