Recording and using indigenous knowledge: A manual

Recording and using indigenous knowledge: A manual

Indigenous knowledge (IK) is a valuable resource for development. Under certain circumstances it can be equal to or even be superior to the know- how introduced by outsiders. Development efforts should therefore consider IK and use it to best advantage. Although more and more development professionals have come to realize the potential of IK, it remains a neglected resource. A key reason for this is the lack of guidelines for recording and applying IK. Without such guidelines, there is a danger that IK will become just another empty buzzword of the sort that litters the history of development efforts.

This manual aims to overcome this constraint. It provides government and non-government rural development workers with the information and tools they need to integrate IK into their development work. The design of the manual allows for easy copying and use of the materials in training. We hope that this manual will facilitate the use and conservation of indigenous knowledge for the benefit of people and their communities.

Part 1 of the manual is an overview of IK-related issues.

Part 2 is a description of more than 30 methods for recording and assessing IK.

Part 3 discusses issues and methods for assessing the usefulness of IK in development.

In Part 4, 11 mini-case studies illustrate how projects can build on IK.

Part 5 contains more than 20 question guides that outline content areas to be considered when recording IK.

Part 6 lists some further resources that you can draw on when exploring the use of IK.

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