15 million dollar initiative for African heritage restoration


The Open Society Foundation has raised USD 15 million to support efforts to support efforts to restore cultural objects looted from the African content by colonial powers. Over the next four years the initiative will support networks, organizations and ongoing research to return art and cultural heirlooms from Western colonial powers and then restore their very essence.
As told by the foundation, 75 percent of the funds will go to the African continent the rest will go to people involved in the restoration in other countries and collaboration between museums in Europe and Africa.
People in African countries have been trying to get their treasures returned, including art and ceremonial objects, human remains, historical specimens, archives, intangible cultural heritages including photographs and sound recordings. Some countries such as Ethiopia are making tangible efforts in this. Recently, the government has returned the historical heritage of Aksum Obelisk from Italy and the piece of hair taken from the dead body of emperor “Tewodros II” in 1868 from the United Kingdom Army museum.
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros in 1984, is the world’s one of the largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights operating in more than 120 countries of the world providing fund through a network of national and regional offices. The foundation is expecting to open its office in Ethiopia on June 2020.