Exploring the Challenges Facing Archives and Records Management Professionals in Africa: Historical Influences, Current Developments and Opportunities

  • Shadrack Katuu
Part of the Heritage Studies book series (HEST)


This chapter explores the growth and development of the archives and records management (ARM) profession in Africa, as well as some of the modern challenges the profession faces. The chapter demonstrates the impact of Africa’s colonial history on the immediate post-colonial developments within the ARM profession, particularly in the paths taken in education and training. The chapter explores a sample of the global engagement efforts by African professionals through the work of the International Records Management Trust as well as research carried through the InterPARES Research Project. The chapter discusses survey data from one of the InterPARES research studies and demonstrates complexities that ARM professionals continue to face in the continent.


Africa Education Training Colonisation International Records Management Trust InterPARES Trust 


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  • Shadrack Katuu
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  1. 1.Department of Information ScienceUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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