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Traditional Medicine Practitioner Development for conservation through sustainable practice

photo of Anke Weisheit

Started by: weisheit

Related Project:

"Traditional Knowledge and Science Our Culture - Our Basis - Our Future" Initiative of Excel Hort Consult Ltd


We are in the processes of establishing an Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, a centre of excellence for promoting Indigenous knowledge integration in research training ad development as well as building capacity of the IK bearers to fully utilise IK potential  on mutual basis

Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:

During my work in Uganda I have observed that Indigenous and local knowledge is rarely integrated in current development initiatives, yet it is the basis for life since centuries.

Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:

Local African Knowledge as well as Indigenous Knowledge Systems are fragile because of inadequate appreciation, recognition. Similarly, areas of traditional medicinal species and small scale agriculture are direct utilization of the roots of African Knowledge and Science as source of livelihood.

What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:

Development Partners should integrate Indigenous and local knowledge in their development interventions as well as universities to integrate local knowledge system in to their research.

Specific needs and/or support requests:

To build partnership to collaborate and access support in developing the Institute of IKD in Uganda

Suggested best local solution for this topic:

The idea of an Institute stands to build the institutional framework for multi and inter disciplinary research and training and attract expertise within Africa and beyond who will capture, document, research, generate and share knowledge on useful African and Indigenous Knowledge and Practices as well as usage in the contemporary context to promote wider application.

The Institute will target various audiences and establish permanent and strong relationships with local stakeholders to make university education meaningful to local community. This calls for multipronged curricula development from short courses, field schools sessions and higher academic degree program utilizing the wisdom of traditional artisan, TK holders, traditional health practitioners, poets, traditional leaders and academicians.

Community Outreach Centres (CAC) targeting 3 communities in western Uganda (Batwa, Bakiga and Bukonjo) will facilitate interaction among traditional knowledge holder, practitioners, youuth and contemporary scientist’s trough, collaborative research, knowledge exchange, capacity building, student – practitioner exchange and dissemination of research findings to a wider audience of practitioners. The posters show some element of the planned Institute described. 
Traditional Medicine Practitioner Development Collaboration with MUST

Networking opportunities:

Yes networking, membership in development and research consortia and also internships for hand on learning

Suggested best global solution for this topic:

Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in to research, training and development interventions locally and regionally.

Best practices and policies:

Successful / safe indigenous knowledge and practices should be mainstreamed in to the curricula from nursery to university education


Energy saving, natural resources saving and healthy construction technologies for rural communities housing


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reetu sogani posted

This is very important initiative and congratulations on this. I have been working in the Himalayas in India on the issue of IK for 15 years now. Besides working at the grassroots level I have been trying to mainstream this issue of formal knowledge systems and reduce the gap between the formal and informal knowledge structures and systems. This will also raise awareness on the importance and relevance of IK in securing sustainable livelihood , people's empowerment process, addressing the climate crisis and so on . Solutions, strategies need to local knowledge and resource based and amalgamation of local knowledge and knowledge coming from outside should be done judiciously.