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IK Notes

 

October 1998 - January 2007

 

IK Notes report periodically on Indigenous Knowledge (IK) initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and occasionally on such initiatives outside the region. Each note explores in some detail key aspects of the development challenge in a specific local context, and describes locally-driven solutions which have led to substantive results in improving livelihoods of the target communities. The lessons of experience from these cases could serve to inform development practitioners in adapting the successful practices to other contexts with a view to scaling them up. It is published as part of an evolving partnership between the World Bank, communities, NGOs, development institutions, and multilateral organizations.

 

Some issues are also available in French, and occasionally in Portuguese, Swahili, and Wolof.

 

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Indigenous Knowledge Notes

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Using traditional knowledge in economic development : the impact of raised field irrigation on agricultural production in Puno, Peru (English)

The Andean region of Puno, known as the altiplano, is located at 3,830 meters above sea level. The terrain is prone to flooding, and thus difficult to cultivate. ... See More +

Brief 39133 JAN 01, 2007

Middleton, Melisande Disclosed

Transferring an indigenous practice for soil improvement : cattle manure with groundnut shells (English)

Soil fertility never used to be a major constraint due to the age-old practices of recycling agricultural residues in several ways. However, in these days of inorganic fertilizers and quick returns, the problem of soil management and its related constraints are surfacing. ... See More +

Brief 39132 NOV 01, 2006

Disclosed

Indigenous Knowledge (IK) Notes Survey Results (English)

In early 2006, the program asked for feedback on the IK Notes series (see 36060) and to assess whether they had made contributions to reader's work. ... See More +

Brief 39131 OCT 01, 2006

Reuger, Claudia Disclosed

Endogenous and modern innovations : differing perspectives (English)

This notes paper touches on Ethiopia's being one of nine countries Involvement in the international network PROLINNOVA (Promoting Local Innovation). ... See More +

Brief 39130 SEP 01, 2006

Disclosed

Cultural heritage and collective intellectual property rights (English)

The inventive and creative processes of communities are often collective and the use of information, ideas and resources generated on the basis of such collective processes are broadly shared. ... See More +

Brief 37079 AUG 01, 2006

Santilli, Juliana Disclosed

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania : priority fruit species and products for tree domestication and commercialisation (English)

In collaboration with partners, the World Agro-forestry Centre established a number of fruit processing groups in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. ... See More +

Brief 37078 JUL 01, 2006

Ham, Cori Disclosed

Conservation of medicinal plants in Central America and the Caribbean (English)

The issues of medical plant conservation have been the focus of many formal and informal discussions at national and international forums, seminars, workshops, conferences and congresses in the last 10 years. ... See More +

Brief 36866 JUN 01, 2006

Lagos-Witte, Sonia Disclosed

Nurturing the environment on Senegal's west coast : Protection de l'environnement sut la cote ouest du Senegal (French)

The natural reserve of Ker Cupaam, is located along the Atlantic coast in Senegal, a fragment of a former national forest, basically for the protection of endangered species. ... See More +

Brief 23423 MAY 31, 2006

English Disclosed

Biodiversity and health symposium conclusions and recommendations (English)

The paper reported that to increase the effectiveness of healthcare as well as to alleviate poverty in the poorest parts of the world, the symposium participants recommended urgent attention to three principles: 1. ... See More +

Brief 36061 MAY 01, 2006

Disclosed

Traditional medicine programmes in Madagascar (English)

The note reviews Madagascar's inherited wealth of ethno-medical knowledge, being endowed with a flora of unique global importance on account of its biodiversity, endemicity, and ethno-medical uses. ... See More +

Brief 35916 APR 01, 2006

Rasoanaivo, Philippe Disclosed

Indigenous knowledge (IK) notes survey : Enquete sur les connaissances autochtones (French)

The present edition of IK Notes asks the reader to provide feedback, and assess the contribution the publication has made to their related work. ... See More +

Brief 36060 MAR 01, 2006

Rueger, Claudia English Disclosed

Indigenous knowledge (IK) notes survey (English)

The present edition of IK Notes asks the reader to provide feedback, and assess the contribution the publication has made to their related work. ... See More +

Brief 36060 MAR 01, 2006

Rueger, Claudia French Disclosed

Grandmothers promote maternal and child health : the role of indigenous knowledge systems' managers (English)

In virtually all societies, the managers of indigenous knowledge (IK) systems that deal with the development, care and well-being of women and children are senior women, or grandmothers. ... See More +

Brief 35458 FEB 01, 2006

Aubel, Judi Disclosed

Linking agricultural innovations to knowledge sharing in Africa (English)

Most recent African indigenous knowledge (IK) literature, especially in agriculture, emphasizes that Africans are informed innovators. This literature is filled with success stories; excellent examples of local innovations and discoveries include crop breeding, grafting against pests, water harvesting, soil management, conservation and processing. ... See More +

Brief 35293 JAN 01, 2006

French Disclosed

Linking agricultural innovations to knowledge sharing in Africa : Lier les innovations agricoles au partage des connaissances en Afrique (French)

Most recent African indigenous knowledge (IK) literature, especially in agriculture, emphasizes that Africans are informed innovators. This literature is filled with success stories; excellent examples of local innovations and discoveries include crop breeding, grafting against pests, water harvesting, soil management, conservation and processing. ... See More +

Brief 35293 JAN 01, 2006

English Disclosed

Education : building on indigenous knowledge : Education: s'appuyer sur les savoirs locaux (French)

Indigenous knowledge (IK) can act as a powerful tool in a learning environment to teach students. Conventional curricula, and achievement tests in many countries, however, do not support students' learning based on their IK. ... See More +

Brief 34648 DEC 01, 2005

Srikantaiah, Deepa English Disclosed

Education : building on indigenous knowledge (English)

Indigenous knowledge (IK) can act as a powerful tool in a learning environment to teach students. Conventional curricula, and achievement tests in many countries, however, do not support students' learning based on their IK. ... See More +

Brief 34648 DEC 01, 2005

Srikantaiah, Deepa French Disclosed

Nugormesese: an indigenous basis of social capital in a West African community (English)

The primary objective of this article is to present nugormesese as an indigenous mechanism of social capital in Buem-Kator, a farming community on the Ghana side of the Ghana-Togo border area. ... See More +

Brief 34346 NOV 01, 2005

French Disclosed

Nugormesese: an indigenous basis of social capital in a West African community : Le Nugormesese : une base traditionnelle de capital social dans une communaute ouest-africaine (French)

The primary objective of this article is to present nugormesese as an indigenous mechanism of social capital in Buem-Kator, a farming community on the Ghana side of the Ghana-Togo border area. ... See More +

Brief 34346 NOV 01, 2005

English Disclosed

Innovation support funds for farmer-led research and development (English)

In 2004, nine country programs involved in PROLINNOVA (Promoting Local Innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management) considered how local innovation could be enhanced. ... See More +

Brief 34345 OCT 01, 2005

Water-Bayer, Ann; van Veldhuizen, Laurens; Wongtschowski, Mariana; Killough, Scott French Disclosed

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Using traditional knowledge in economic development : the impact of raised field irrigation on agricultural production in Puno, Peru (English)
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JAN 01, 2007 39133 Brief
Transferring an indigenous practice for soil improvement : cattle manure with groundnut shells (English)
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NOV 01, 2006 39132 Brief
Indigenous Knowledge (IK) Notes Survey Results (English)
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OCT 01, 2006 39131 Brief
Endogenous and modern innovations : differing perspectives (English)
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SEP 01, 2006 39130 Brief
Cultural heritage and collective intellectual property rights (English)
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AUG 01, 2006 37079 Brief
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania : priority fruit species and products for tree domestication and commercialisation (English)
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JUL 01, 2006 37078 Brief
Conservation of medicinal plants in Central America and the Caribbean (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 36866 Brief
Nurturing the environment on Senegal's west coast : Protection de l'environnement sut la cote ouest du Senegal (French)
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MAY 31, 2006 23423 Brief English
Biodiversity and health symposium conclusions and recommendations (English)
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MAY 01, 2006 36061 Brief
Traditional medicine programmes in Madagascar (English)
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APR 01, 2006 35916 Brief
Indigenous knowledge (IK) notes survey : Enquete sur les connaissances autochtones (French)
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MAR 01, 2006 36060 Brief English
Indigenous knowledge (IK) notes survey (English)
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MAR 01, 2006 36060 Brief French
Grandmothers promote maternal and child health : the role of indigenous knowledge systems' managers (English)
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FEB 01, 2006 35458 Brief
Linking agricultural innovations to knowledge sharing in Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2006 35293 Brief French
Linking agricultural innovations to knowledge sharing in Africa : Lier les innovations agricoles au partage des connaissances en Afrique (French)
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JAN 01, 2006 35293 Brief English
Education : building on indigenous knowledge : Education: s'appuyer sur les savoirs locaux (French)
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DEC 01, 2005 34648 Brief English
Education : building on indigenous knowledge (English)
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DEC 01, 2005 34648 Brief French
Nugormesese: an indigenous basis of social capital in a West African community (English)
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NOV 01, 2005 34346 Brief French
Nugormesese: an indigenous basis of social capital in a West African community : Le Nugormesese : une base traditionnelle de capital social dans une communaute ouest-africaine (French)
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NOV 01, 2005 34346 Brief English
Innovation support funds for farmer-led research and development (English)
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OCT 01, 2005 34345 Brief French