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West African Museums Programme (WAMP)
Adresse : 1326 Boulevard Askia Mohamed Kouara-Kano BP 13101 Niamey
Pays concerné : Niger
Téléphone(s) : 00 227 20 75 56 56

Français

Le Programme des Musées de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, communément appelé WAMP (West African Museums Programme) a été crée en 1982 à Abidjan comme un projet de l’Institut International Africain de Londres, sous l’initiative de feu Philip Ravenhill qui en fut le premier Directeur exécutif. En 1987, le WAMP fut transféré à Dakar sous la Direction du Dr Claude Daniel Ardouin, ancien directeur du Musée National du Mali. En 1992 le projet devint programme. L’évolution de l’état de projet à celui de programme dénote de la croissance et de l’importance des activités du WAMP. En 1995 le Dr Alexis Adandé, Professeur à l’Université Nationale du Bénin, succéda à Claude Ardouin. L’actuel Directeur exécutif du WAMP le Dr Boureima Diamitani, ancien directeur du Patrimoine Culturel du Burkina Faso a été nommé depuis mai 2001.

Reconnu en 1996 comme O.N.G indépendante par le gouvernement du Sénégal, le WAMP a acquis une réputation mondiale en tant qu’institution reconnue, un leader dans les systèmes d’aide et de soutien aux musées de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et un collaborateur fiable.

Le 28 juillet 2006, le WAMP a signé un accord de siège avec le Gouvernement du Sénégal.

English

WAMP was established in 1982 in Abidjan as a project of the International African Institute (IAI), under the initiative of the late Dr. Philip Ravenhill who was its first Executive Director. In 1987 WAMP was transferred to Dakar, Senegal with Dr Claude Daniel Ardouin, former Director of the National Museum of Mali, as Executive Director.

In 1992 WAMP became an independent organization. This evolution from project to programme signified the increased complexity and importance of WAMP activities. In 1995 Dr. Alexis Adandé, Professor at the National University of Benin, succeeded Dr Claude Ardouin as Executive Director.

In May 2001 Dr Boureima Diamitani, former Director of Cultural Heritage of Burkina Faso, was appointed Executive Director following the departure of Dr Adandé.

Over the years the West African Museums Programme (WAMP) has efficiently and effectively promoted museum development in West Africa. The cumulative effects of twenty three years effort have had a major impact on the professional museum community in West Africa and Africa as a whole. On the whole WAMP has done outstanding work promoting museum development and supporting museum professionals in West Africa and in the rest of the continent since its inception in 1982.

Museums are recognized within Africa as being a primary means of assuring cultural preservation and education. Because of its African base, its reputation, and its proven record WAMP is today a dynamic force in supporting museums and promoting the socio-cultural development of their communities in the coming decades.

WAMP acts as an intellectual partner to search for solutions, rather than imposing them on institutions. Its approach is flexible, in that it is not predetermined, but is designed to meet changing needs and contexts.
In its approach WAMP gives a particular attention to genuine relations of partnership in the conception and implementation of its programmes.