ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage

Preserving Manuscripts in the Al-Aqib Library, Sankoré Mosque of Timbuktu

Timbuktu, Mali

The Al-Aqib Library at the Sankoré Mosque in Timbuktu holds a unique manuscript collection, which remained in Timbuktu during the armed attacks of 2012. This project will improve the critical preservation conditions of the collection through collaboration between AMALIA and library personnel. The Al-Aqib collection is also part of a digitization project led by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and of a research project coordinated by the University of Hamburg.

Name Preserving Manuscripts in the Al-Aqib Library, Sankoré Mosque of Timbuktu

Location Timbuktu, Mali

Amount 75 K $

Years 2019 - 2020

Type of grant Emergency relief


Rehabilitation of the Tomb of Askia

Gao, Mali

The Tomb of Askia, built in 1495, is testament to the splendour of the Songhoy Empire and a significant example of Sudano-Sahelian architecture. The local community regularly gathers at the site for cultural events and is dedicated to its upkeep by maintaining the structure using traditional methods. When the city of Gao was occupied by armed groups from 2012-13, there were serious consequences to its cultural heritage, including the tomb. The site was placed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012. To prevent it from further degrading and collapsing, a full rehabilitation project will be carried out. This project will be led by the Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Culturel du Mali in collaboration with CRAterre. It has several objectives, including consolidation of the structure, improvement of the facilities, and promotion of local and traditional knowledge.


Name Rehabilitation of the Tomb of Askia

Location Gao, Mali

Amount 500 K $

Years 2020 - 2021

Operator Ministry of Culture of Mali (Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Culturel du Mali), CRAterre

Type of grant Call for projects

(c) Thomas Raguet
(c) Thomas Raguet
(c) Michele Cattani
(c) Michele Cattani