There is a grave need for the conservation of historical buildings in Ethiopia. The current surge of development has resulted in many historical buildings being demolished. In the capital city of Addis Ababa, an estimated one third of the listed historical buildings have been demolished. Despite an official registry of historical buildings and protection protocols, current urban planning and construction fails to conserve these irreplaceable part of Ethiopia’s heritage.
Heritage Watch has stepped forward as a group that provides oversight and fresh ideas for the preservation of urban history and culture. Not only are these places worth preserving for their social significance, they also hold untapped potential for creating economic opportunities for commerce, tourism and global cultural exchanges. The coalition of advocates across the public and private sectors are ideally positioned to promote opportunities to further invest in the future of Ethiopia, a country experiencing unprecedented growth and social change.
Established in 2018, we are a resource and extension center dedicated to helping recognize, protect and promote heritage buildings in the city of Addis Ababa, The Dire Dawa and Oromya regions. Heritage Watch establishes links to educate, advocate, strengthen and create synergy with relevant organizations. Through these actions, Heritage Watch is supporting the conservation of historical buildings, monuments and natural heritages.
For more information about HW activities and initiatives, see our current projects
Heritage Watch is a non-profit association of diverse private citizens, residents of Ethiopia from all walks of life, with many nationalities and, professional backgrounds , varying hobbies with one common passion: we care about Addis Ababa’s heritage buildings, and cannot watch, one more building to be torn down.