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Culture, indigenous knowledge and development

Odora Hoppers, Catherine A.


Science must become a shared asset benefitting all people.  Scientific research and its applications can yield significant returns towards economic growth and sustainable development, including poverty alleviation.  Scientists have a responsibility to practice and apply the sciences in a manner that is inclusive of the participation of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. 

The paper discusses the issues of ethics and responsibility in the utilisation of local knowledge.

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Document Title: Culture, indigenous knowledge and development
Institution: Centre for Education Policy Development
City and Country: Braamfontein, South Africa

Document Type:Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Indigenous Knowledge Systems IKS, Epistemology, Local Communities, Culture, Development, Ethics

File Size:778 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce the text granted by Centre for Education Policy Development
Additional information:Occasional Paper no. 5
Date Added:28 November 2006

Odora Hoppers, Catherine A. (2005). Culture, indigenous knowledge and development. Occasional Paper no. 5. Braamfontein, South Africa: Centre for Education Policy Development