Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office

'The White Lady' bushman rock paintings near Uis Enlarge image 'The White Lady' bushman rock paintings near Uis (© picture-alliance) Since 1981 Germany has been supporting the preservation of cultural heritage across the globe as part of the Federal Foreign Office’s Cultural Preservation Programme. Some 40.7 million Euro were made available between 1981 and 2007 to fund a total of more than 2,100 projects in 135 countries.

Namibia is one of the major recipients of funds from the Cultural Preservation Programme. Since 1985 approx. 964,500.00 Euro were made available for projects which preserve the rich cultural heritage of this country. Important projects were, among others, support for the museums in Rehoboth, Swakopmund, Tsumeb and Grootfontein, the restoration of the building housing the Namibia Scientific Society in Windhoek, a Nama Dictionary Project, publication of Kavango literature and the recording of Oshivambo music. One of the major projects for which funds were allocated several times is the preservation of the famous Brandberg rock paintings.

Here you will find more information on some of the latest projects:

Stolen Moments 2015

Germany committed to preserving Namibia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

Following the 10th Session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on World Heritage from 28th November to 4th December 2015 in Windhoek, Germany’s commitment to preserving Namibia’s intangible cultural heritage was showcased on 9th December 2015 at the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC).


Germany supports Restauration of Historic Steam Engine Train

On 18 May 2015 a handing-over ceremony for a newly restored narrow-gauge steam engine train took place at Arandis. In attendance were the Mayor of Arandis, Daniel Muuhura, the Executive Director of the Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology, Eckhart Müller, the Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Ullrich Kinne as well as 600 students and guests.

Stolen Moments

German Embassy supports NBC’s digitalization of endangered music recordings

In November 2013, Aino Moongo and Baby Doeseb, founding members of the Stolen Moments, Namibian Music History Untold - Research Group, embarked on a trip to Europe to present the result of their research.

Titelseite "What the elders used to say"

Collection of oral history of different ethnic groups in Namibia

In 2007 the German Embassy - with funds from the Federal Foreign Office's Cultural Preservation Programme - facilitated the publication "What the Elders used to say - Namibian Perspectives on the last Decade of German Colonial Rule".

Officer's House Warmbad during renovation

Restoration of the Officer's House in Warmbad in 2005

In 2005 the German Embassy supported the restoration of the historical Officer's House in Warmbad in the south of Namibia. The Warmbad Community Lodge together with the renovated Officer's House was officially inaugurated by H.E. President Pohamba on 22 November 2006.

Cultural Preservation

Rock art engraving detail near Twylfontein

The Federal Foreign Office’s Cultural Preservation Programme

Please follow the link for more information on the Federal Foreign Office’s Cultural Preservation Programme

Criteria for project support

Here you can download the criteria for project support as part of the Federal Foreign Office's Cultural Preservation Programme.

Worlds of Culture

Mapping the damage to recognise, understand and record it

The trilingual volume “Worlds of Culture” published by the Federal Foreign Office presents just some of the hundreds of projects being supported around the world which highlight the importance of cultural preservation in foreign policy. It gives an idea of the immense cultural heritage we all share.