Christoph Pelzer

Christoph Pelzer trained as interdisciplinary social scientist and historian of Africa. He worked with the archaeological team of Frankfurt University, Germany, on different sites in North-Eastern Burkina Faso. From 2003 to 2006, he formulated, financed and implemented the Oursi Hu-Beero project, an integrated approach to sustainable site preservation embedded in community-driven cultural tourism development. Christoph Pelzer is a development cooperation expert who has worked in Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Until March 2011, he was quality management officer for international cultural cooperation at the Directorate-General EuropeAid of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Currently, he lives in Mauritius from where he works as independent international cultural cooperation consultant.


  • International cultural cooperation strategies and programmes
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Mainstreaming of culture in development cooperation
  • Aid Delivery Methodologies (Project Cycle Management, Logical Framework Approach, Stakeholder Analysis, Participative Process Management, etc.)
  • Interface in between archaeological and historical research and development
  • Pre-colonial history of the Middle Niger

Video of Christoph Pelzer interviewing Webber Ndoro of the African World Heritage Fund:

Books by Christoph Pelzer

Oursi Hu-Beero

A Medieval House Complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa

Edited by Lucas P. Petit, Maya von Czerniewicz & Christoph Pelzer | 2011

This final report describes the study of an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age building discovered in northern Burkina Faso, West Africa. The site of Oursi hu-beero, meaning “the big house of Oursi” in the locally spoken…

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