Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) is dedicated to rescuing and preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage affected by conflict, neglect or human and natural disasters. We see our work as a vital contribution to building democracy and supporting human rights.
CHwB works with cultural heritage as an active force in reconciliation, peace building and social and economic development.
Many political conflicts have cultural and/or ethnic dimensions, and reconciliation efforts are urgently needed for preventing further hostilities and preparing for a life where peoples and communities can live and work side by side again. There is considerable evidence that working with reconstruction, conservation and the development of historic environments can help promote peacebuilding processes, strengthen self-esteem, and contribute towards socio-economic development.
Our vision is that everyone has the right to enjoy, have access to, and participate in cultural heritage.
Our mission is to promote cultural heritage as both a right in itself and a resource. CHwB works with civil society and institutions at all levels to strengthen peace building, sustainable socio-economic and democratic development and the realisation of human rights.
We want to improve conditions and opportunities to enjoy cultural freedom and cultural diversity, and we are working towards cultural heritage to be increasingly used as a tool to promote human rights, peacebuilding and democratic development.
In order to reach these goals, we have three strategic objectives for the period from 2013 – 2016:
- The vibrancy of civil society and accountability of institutions in the cultural heritage sector is strengthened.
- Cultural heritage is a valued and utilised social, economic, cultural and environmental resource for civil society and government institutions at the local level.
- An expanded corps of quality heritage professionals is prepared to meet preservation challenges responsibly across the Western Balkans.
You can download the full CHwB Strategic Plan 2013-2016, as well as the specific strategic plans of the Albanian and regional offices here: