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Title:An Asanteman-World Bank heritage development initiative in promoting partnership with Ghanaian traditional leaders
Authors:Asiedu, Alex B.
Labi, Kwame A.ISNI
Osei-Tutu, BrempongISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Ashanti polity
conservation of cultural heritage
development projects
World Bank
Abstract:This paper discusses the identification and documentation of Asante heritage assets in an initiative between the World Bank and the Asanteman Council, the traditional governing authority of the Asante people of Ghana. Asantehene Osei-Tutu II took traditional rulers' involvement in community development to a different level when he advocated the involvement of the World Bank in the implementation of his vision for Asanteman. As part of the project, the Asanteman Council invited proposals to bid for the identification and documentation of Asante heritage assets. A consultancy firm, CETNET, was awarded this task. The authors of this article were the principal consultants who carried out the study. The paper, an adapted form of their report, develops a documentation model based on recommended international standards for safeguarding this patrimony. The authors make proposals for engaging and strengthening traditional authorities and other stakeholders in the documentation, valuation, and preservation of Asante heritage. In addition, they make recommendations for the creation of appropriate institutions and strategies to use these assets for wealth creation and development and its replication elsewhere. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]