Session 5.8 - FIDA: supporter of the development of archives

Date Added:

23 October 2019

FIDA: supporter of the development of archives

Panellists: Brandon Oswald, Noa Petueli Tapumanaia, Fred Van Kan

This panel provides an introduction to the Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA). FIDA provides grants to colleagues in countries where, for whatever reason, support is required for the development of their archives. FIDA has supported colleagues in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Eastern Europe and the small islands of the Pacific. It has helped with training, advocacy initiatives, and preservation efforts. This panel will include recent project leaders and trustees to describe the fund and its possibilities for archivists in low-resourced environments.

Brandon Oswald is currently the Founder/Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS), which is based in San Diego, California. ICAS is dedicated to providing voluntary archival assistance to cultural heritage organizations in the Pacific Islands. He has worked extensively in matters involving records preservation and disaster preparedness throughout the region. Brandon is an active member of the Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives (PARBICA), and serves on the ICA Expert Group- Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness.

Noa Petueli Tapumanaia holds a BA in Information Systems and Information Library Studies, a Diploma in Information Systems and a Certificate in Basic Library and Information Systems. He previously held the role of Head of Department and Chief Librarian and Archivist at the Tuvalu National Library and Archives. Noa is a current member of the PARBICA Bureau for two consecutive terms since 2015 and again in 2017. At the moment he is doing his MBA with the University of the South Pacific and has graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma for General Manager in Public Administration in the year 2018.

Dr. Fred van Kan studied history and archivistics. He is managing director of the Gelders Archief in Arnhem, The Netherlands.Currently he is chair of the Fund for the International Development of Archives FIDA, member of the Programme Commission of the International Council on Archives ICA, member of the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure EHRI and member of the Advisory Board for the Construction of a new building for the Cologne City Archives, Germany. He was president of the Royal Dutch Association of Archivists KVAN (2006-2014) and of ICA SPA, the Section of Professional Associations of the ICA (2012-2016).