FIDA supports archives in the developing world

ICA’s Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) provides assistance to archive professionals and institutions working in especially challenging conditions, usually in developing countries. Its role is to help them to help themselves, by providing support to develop archivists in specific skills which can then be disseminated to others, rather than developing products of more general archival use or for longer-term professional programmes.

 Since 2010 FIDA has attracted 129 applications, of which it has been able to support 35 projects directly, requested from Africa, South America, West Indies, SE Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific region, besides advising others to seek funding from more appropriate sources. The successful projects ranged from training in various basic archival skills, such as records management, appraisal and preservation, including audio-visual records to more ambitious projects, such as setting up and organizing a new archive where we have contributed a consulting award to obtain advice on the planning.

The Trustees' experience from their work over the last six years shows both the need for this type of assistance and the value of the support to the recipients, which are eloquently demonstrated at the FIDA presentations that take place each year during the Annual Conference or the International Congress. But this work cannot continue without the financial help of archival colleagues from around the world. We are very grateful to them all and would encourage other colleagues to support FIDA's vital work by making a financial contribution, however modest.

Fred van Kan

Chair of the FIDA Board