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Towards decolonizing African development futures: the place of indigenous knowledge 
Geoffrey Nwaka (Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria)
Chikezie Durugo (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
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Economy and Development (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal XXI
Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The science and practice of development in Africa should integrate the traditional knowledge of local communities in the continent. Researchers and policy makers need to tap into the time-tested resource of indigenous knowledge to formulate locally appropriate development policies and programs.

Long Abstract:

African knowledge systems have fora long time been undervalued because of the dominance of Eurocentric mindsets and practices. Critics blame state failure and the development crisis in Africa on “the structural disconnection between formal institutions transplanted from outside and indigenous institutions born of traditional African cultures”; and Marshall Sahlins has emphasized the need for all peoples “to indigenize the forces of global modernity, and turn them to their own ends”, as the real impact of globalization depends largely on the responses developed at the local level. How can Africa engage with globalization and modernization, and address the continent’s many development challenges by drawing on local human and material resources for greater self-reliance and sustainable development? We argue that Africa should search within its own knowledge systems for appropriate ideas and approaches to many of its development problems. We recognize that with growing global interdependence, Africa stands to gain from global science and international best practices, and that indigenous knowledge and global science should be made to complement and enrich each other. But the panel stresses that researchers and the development community should recognize the fact of epistemic diversity, and tap into the vital resource of indigenous/local knowledge for locally appropriate ways to achieve more inclusive, participatory and sustainable development. We welcome papers that deal with various aspects of the decolonial and indigenous knowledge movements in Africa: research on traditional institutions of governance and conflict resolution; traditional/alternative medicine and healthcare; local knowledge for agricultural and natural resource management, climate change adaptation;; and other aspects of indigenous knowledge as appropriate local response to globalization and Western knowledge dominance.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -