The Management Of Cultural World Heritage Sites and Development In Africa

History, nomination processes and representation on the World Heritage List

  • Simon Makuvaza

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management book sub series (BRIEFSARCHHERIT)

About this book


Ever since the signing of the World Heritage Convention 40 years ago and ratified by 33 African countries, to date, only 43 cultural heritage sites have been successfully proclaimed as World Heritage Sites in Africa. These include archaeological and historical sites, religious monuments and cultural landscapes. This book is a re-evaluation of the nomination and management of cultural World Heritage sites in Africa from the late 1970s when the Island of Gorée of Senegal and the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia were first inscribed on the WHL until today. It considers whether a credible and well balanced WHL has been attained, especially in regards to the nomination of more sites in Africa. The book also examines the roles and contribution of various heritage organizations and African governments to the nomination and management of cultural World Heritage sites in Africa. Lastly, the volume also scrutinizes economic development, which may result from the nomination and successful management of cultural World Heritage sites in Africa.


African World Heritage Fund Island of Gorée UNESCO World Heritage Sites World Heritage Sites nominations preservation of African traditions sustainable development and Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Makuvaza
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden University Department of ArchaeologyLeidenThe Netherlands

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