World Heritage Sites: Africa was developed in collaboration with scholars, libraries, archives, museums, and academic or research institutions across Africa, Europe, and North America that seek to create and sustain an online database of high-quality scholarly research and knowledge about African cultural heritage.

Ghana: Ghana Museums and Monuments Board; Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana at Legon; National Commission on Culture
Italy: Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (UNO)
Kenya: British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA); National Museums of Kenya; Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)
Mali: Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Culturel / Direction Nationale des Arts et de la Culture (DNAC), Mali; Missions Culturelles Djenné and Timbuktu; L’Organisation Non Gouvernementale pour la Sauvegarde et la Valorisation Des Manuscrits pour la Défense de la Culture Islamique (ONG SAVAMA-DCI)
South Africa: Department of Geomatics, University of Cape Town; Iziko South African Museum; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; National Library of South Africa (NLSA); SARADA; Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand (RARI)
Tanzania: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
United States: University of Witwatersrand, Historical Papers; Nordic Africa Institute, Nordic Documentation on Liberation of Southern Africa; World Council of Churches Archive and Library; Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee; Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, University of Oxford (BODLIB); London School of Economic; African Activist Archive
Zimbabwe: National Museum and Monuments of Zimbabwe

Collection background

World Heritage Sites: Africa was originally produced by Aluka, an international, collaborative initiative formed to build an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. In 2008, Aluka became part of JSTOR.

The name “Aluka” was derived from a Zulu word meaning “to weave,” reflecting its original commitment to connecting resources and scholars from around the world. Foundation funding for Aluka has come from the Mellon Foundation and the Arcadia Fund.