The International Council on Archives celebrates World Digital Preservation Day!

This year’s theme, 'At-Risk Digital Materials', is particularly relevant to us, too, because, for the ICA, this year has been rich in reflections on the matter of archives at risk. After publishing the Guiding Principles for Safe Havens for Archives at Risk  with the International taskforce led by Swisspeace, and having launched the Disaster Relief fund, we are now turning to training to make a change.

Train-the-trainer session in Dakar, Senegal from 21 to 25 October 2019. Dr Basma Makhlouf Shabou, training facilitator and the training participants,

Photo credits: Alain Dubois

This month, we are celebrating the end of the first year of the developing capacities curriculum put in motion by the Africa Programme. This led us to organize two train-the-trainers sessions on digital curation, one for English speaking African educators and instructors in Gaborone, Botswana, and the other one for French speaking African educators in Dakar, Senegal.

Training session in Gaborone, Botswana, by Abel M'kulama and Dr Nathan Mnjama

Group photo of the Study School participants in Gaborone, Botswana, at the end of the training facilitated and organized by Professor Nathan Mjnama from the University of Botswana, Margaret Crockett, ICA Training Officer, and James Lowry, Africa Programme Secretary

Photo credits: Abel M'kulama


We hope that these training and exchange sessions will broaden the toolkits of the new archival professionals trained by these educators in African archival sciences schools and empower them in preserving the digital heritage of their countries.