Cultural research management in Africa: challenges, dangers and opportunities

Cultural research management in Africa: challenges, dangers and opportunities

Author: 
Arazi, Noemie
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
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Journal Title: 
Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
Source: 
Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, Vol. 44, No. 1, Apr 2009, pp. 95 - 106
Abstract: 

Much of Africa's archaeological heritage is under threat, partly as a result of modernisation and development. The current boom in infrastructural projects is causing an acceleration of irreversible destruction. This paper focuses on appropriate measures and action to minimise damage or loss through archaeological impact assessments (AIAs), subcomponents of environmental impact assessments (Déjà). It is argued that both AIAs and EIAs must be better integrated into national heritage legislations and operational policy guidelines by international donor agencies. However, to achieve this will take concerted efforts by the archaeological community to convince government officials, as well as multilateral development banks, of the socioeconomic benefits of cultural resources. Nevertheless, the process of commercialising the archaeological discipline may not come without challenges and risks. Issues of oversight, quality of work, and ethics, particularly regarding impacted communities, will have to be tackled to guarantee best practice and proper integration into the academic establishment. Closer collaboration with communities will be fundamental to raising archaeology's public profile in Africa, turning it into a more relevant discipline for sustainable development.

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CITATION: Arazi, Noemie. Cultural research management in Africa: challenges, dangers and opportunities . : Taylor & Francis , . Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, Vol. 44, No. 1, Apr 2009, pp. 95 - 106 - Available at: https://library.au.int/cultural-research-management-africa-challenges-dangers-and-opportunities-3