Knowledge Research and Safeguarding Heritage Programme Area

  • Engabu Za Tooro
  • Knowledge Research and Safeguarding Heritage Programme Area

Programme Goal

Safeguarding Cultural heritage and promoting indigenous knowledge research.

Programme Actions

  • Inventorying and documenting cultural heritage under threat of disappearance.
  • Facilitating communities to inventory and nominate cultural elements for UNESCO inscription.
  • Facilitating communities in implementation of heritage safeguarding measures.
  • Facilitating communities to document and develop standard guides on cultural rituals and ceremonies.
  • Formalizing and professionalizing provision of cultural services through training, organization and market development.
  • Promoting research for protection and promotion of indigenous knowledge.
  • Promoting Research on relationship between indigenous knowledge and heritage and sustainable development issues.
  • Research and publication (papers & books) on cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge.
  • Developing tools for adapting indigenous knowledge into sustainable development programmes.
  • Training, research and publication on indigenous languages as vehicles and embodiment of cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge.

Permanent Projects under this Programme Area

i) Empaako Museum and Resource Centre

This is a physical repository of cultural materials and assets like books, manuscripts, videos and artifacts for ongoing collections, references and consultation.

Key performance indicators of the museum.

  • Number of cumulative collections per year.
  • Number of visitors per year.

ii) Network and database of cultural service providers

Particulars of a network of trained and professionalized cultural services providers are permanently organized in a database which is published online and offline to facilitate accessibility, coordination and organization of the cultural services.

Key performance indicators of the network

  • Cumulative number of certified professional cultural services providers per year.
  • Number of clients who hire the services of professional cultural services providers per year.
  • Number of copies of guide books on rituals and cultural ceremonies sold per year.

ii) Empaako platform

This is an online community, database, repository and one stop centre for sharing cultural knowledge, information and materials among the bearers of Empaako heritage, both living at home, in the land of Empaako which cover parts of western Uganda, Northern Tanzania and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and living in diaspora. The platform has three major functions;

  • It is an online repository of cultural materials in form of text and video on indigenous language, traditional food, dress, dance, music, crafts, community history, rituals, ceremonies on marriage, naming and installing heir so that culture is put on the internet and it is easily accessible any time and any where for its practice, sharing and transmission.
  • To administer online teaching and training on indigenous language, traditional dressing, dancing, cooking, singing and how to perform traditional rituals and ceremonies of naming, marriage, and installing a heir.
  • A platform for forming subgroups based on shared cultural aspects like common ancestry, native place, Empaako and clan for social interaction and even cooperation on development projects.

Key performance indicators of this platform

  • Cumulative number of people who visit the website per year Cumulative number of people who join the community as members per year.
  • Cumulative number of interaction per year.
  • Cumulative number of engaging posts made by the administrators per year.
  • Cumulative number of responses to questions and number of discussions initiated by the administrators per year.

Current and potential strategic partners for this programme Area

  1. UNESCO’s fund for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.
  2. US Ambassador’s Fund for Preservation of Culture.
  3. Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation.
  4. UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.
  5. Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.
  6. Association for Critical Heritage Studies.
  7. WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore with its voluntary Fund for participation of indigenous communities.
  8. International, National Trusts Organisation (INTO)
  9. The Japan Foundation.
  10. WIPO Academy.
  11. National Council for science and Technology (NCST)

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Empaako platform is an online community, database, repository and one stop centre for sharing cultural knowledge, information and materials among the bearers of Empaako heritage.



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