Global Heritage Fund

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Global Heritage Fund
TypeNongovernmental Organization (NGO)
PurposeCommunity Empowerment, Historic Conservation
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Key people
Nada Hosking, Executive Director

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization empowering communities through historic conservation and heritage-driven local development. Since 2002, GHF has helped local communities to save 28 sites in 19 countries with over 100 partner organizations. Using their Preservation by Design methodology of community-based planning, conservation science, and strategic partnerships, GHF has invested over $30 million and secured $25 million in co-funding to ensure sustainable preservation and responsible development.[1]

Mission, Vision, and Methodology[edit]


GHF's mission is to empower communities through historic preservation beyond monuments.[2]


GHF envisions a world where people are empowered through heritage to develop local opportunities, bridge cultural diversity, and protect our shared human history for future generations.[2]

Preservation by Design® Methodology[edit]

Global Heritage Fund's Preservation by Design® methodology encompasses planning, scientific preservation, partnerships, and community development at each project site.[3]

Every country GHF operates in varies culturally and legally from the local to the national levels. Experience has taught GHF that the following principles represent the most effective solutions to complex heritage issues:

The Multiplier Effect

GHF maximizes its impact by financing interventions with the help of local and national stakeholders, who are generally responsible for most of the in-country project funding.

Replicable Problem Solving and Dissemination

GHF refines the intervention model continuously in pursuit of a replicable model that can be scaled up or down. Simultaneously, GHF seeks to publicize and disseminate the fundamentals of their conservation successes, ensuring equal access to conservation best practices and their wider dissemination throughout the world.

Supplementary, Plug-in Approach

GHF empowers communities to protect their own heritage, and they base their success on the ability to address the local conditions that give rise to heritage crises. Their work is thus not about fundamentally changing the way locals interact with their heritage, but about creating an open framework that allows for the organic evolution of otherwise decaying historic structures.

Community-Based Conservation Activities

GHF believes that the best interventions are bottom up and not top down. As such, they consult local stakeholders at every step of a project to ensure that, while they spearhead conservation efforts on the ground through leadership and expert intervention, the result addresses local needs and is based on the assistance and consent of the community.

Identification and Amelioration of Local Development Issues

GHF identifies the specific development issues at play in each project site and local community and work to ameliorate them through conservation, planning, and partnerships.


Project selection is a collaborative effort between GHF staff, leadership, and Senior Advisory Board. Selection is based on a number of factors, including cultural significance of site, need of country or region in question, and high potential for sustainable preservation through community involvement.[3]

Active projects[edit]

GHF has the following active projects:[4]

AMAL in Heritage[edit]

AMAL is a heritage management program supported by a technology platform designed for the preparedness, response, and recovery from damage caused to heritage areas, buildings, or artifacts. By collecting data before and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, AMAL preserves crucial information that can be used to repair or reconstruct damaged heritage. AMAL aims to develop a community of trained and vigilant conservators equipped with accessible, cost-effective digital tools for the better management and protection of cultural heritage.[5]

Completed projects[edit]

GHF has ended its work on the following sites:[4]


GHF has worked with over one hundred partners worldwide, ranging from local community boards, NGOs, private sector companies, and local and national governmental bodies.[6]

Current and past GHF partners include Abha Lambah Associates, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism, Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, the Anglo-Romanian Trust for Traditional Architecture (ARTTA), Atlas Studio, China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, Colombian Institute of Anthropology, the Cultural Emergency Response Program at the Prince Claus Fund, the Deutch Archaeological Institute, the Foundation for Research on Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems (CIPAV), the Government of Rajasthan, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region (ICCROM-ATHAR), the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-ICORP), the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, KU Leuven, Middle East Technical University, the National Committee of ICOMOS Tunisia, National Heritage Institute, Oxford University Endangered Archaeology for the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA), Prince of Wales Foundation, Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project (SARP), and the Tayrona Foundation for Archaeological and Environmental Research (FIAAT).

GHF UK[edit]

GHF registered as a charity in England and Wales in 2006, extending GHF’s network of members, staff, and technical experts throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. GHF UK shares the GHF mission to preserve and protect humankind’s most important archaeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries.

GHF UK Board of Trustees members include Patrick Franco, James Hooper, Nada Hosking, Daniel Thorne, and Princess Alia Al-Senussi.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO is the Royal Patron of Global Heritage Fund and GHF UK.

GHF Asia Ltd.[edit]

Global Heritage Fund Asia Ltd. shares the Global Heritage Fund mission to preserve and protect humankind’s most important archaeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries.

Through forming new alliances, establishing partnerships, and building a network of conservation and development leaders, Global Heritage Fund Asia is providing our projects with new ideas, resources, and supporters that will exponentially benefit these sites and build momentum for our global campaign to save vanishing heritage sites in developing regions.

GHF Asia Board of Directors members include Agnus Forsyth, Nada Hosking, and Daniel Thorne.


  1. ^ Hosking, Nada (21 May 2019). "Cultural Diversity: A Necessity in Our Changing World". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Beyond Monuments". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ a b "Preservation by Design". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ a b "Projects and Programs". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ "AMAL in Heritage". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. ^ "Partners". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-27.

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