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Expert meeting on the rehabilitation of Somali culture 

The meeting is convened to discuss the findings of the 2006 needs assessment and to establish a plan of action for future activities aimed at the rehabilitation of Somali culture following two and a half decades of civil war, which resulted in the devastation of the country’s cultural infrastructure and the loss of a great deal of Somali national heritage. 

Representing different parts of Somalia as well as several diaspora communities, the participants will bring expertise in various domains of Somali culture: drama, poetry, literature, media, archives and film.

Aware of the role that cultural practices can play in fostering social cohesion, reconciliation and reconstruction processes, UNESCO carried out in 2006 a needs assessment in the field of culture for Somalia.  This effort has also been coordinated with the  Somalia Joint Needs Assessment led by the UN/World Bank.

The donor community in Nairobi will be invited on the final day of the meeting to explore the possibilities of future funding.

  • Background paper  for the meeting
  • Related website: Heritage and Post-Conflict
  • Contact: Ali Moussa Iye 




  • Start Date 12 Jun 2007
    End Date 14 Jun 2007
    Event Type Expert meeting
    Event Location Nairobi, Kenya
    Organizer UNESCO
    Website (URL) Cultural Heritage
    Email f.ohinata@unesco.org
    Background paper on the meeting Somalia_ june 2007.doc

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