The programme works primarily through a webpage on the World Bank website that provides resources on IK. These resources include a database on indigenous local knowledge and practices with over 200 case studies, a report on IK for development, and a series of "IK Notes" which present, in some detail, locally-driven solutions to complex issues. The materials are available in the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, Wolof, and Swahili. Videos, which document success stories in applying indigenous practices, are also available for download on the website.
The programme also supported resource centres and development organisations across Africa that focus on the identification and dissemination of indigenous local knowledge and practices. Working with governments and local partners, the programme has also begun to help mainstream the application of IK in World Bank projects and in national development programmes.
In addition, the programme organises seminars and conferences that bring together development practitioners, scientists, and World Bank staff, among others, to focus on building the capacity to facilitate IK exchange. One special area of focus is traditional approaches to healing those with HIV/AIDS.
Cultural Development, Overseas Development Assistance, HIV/AIDS, Health, Agriculture.
This programme begins from the premise that, while difficult to codify, IK is unique to every culture or society and is the basis for local-level decision making in areas including agriculture, health care, food preparation, education, and natural-resource management.
Following the GK 97 Conference and in the context of Partnership for Information and Communication Technologies in Africa (PICTA), The World Bank agreed to take the lead in this Indigenous Knowledge Initiative.
Editor's note (August 2 2007): There is no longer an Indigenous Knowledge for Development Program at the World Bank. However, the contact (please see below) is available to answer any questions about this now-concluded initiative.
Partners over time have included: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), International Development Resource Centre (IDRC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), SANGONet, UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) at Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Interregional Programme to Support Self-Reliance of Indigenous and Tribal Communities through Cooperatives and other Self-Help Organizations (ILO - INDISCO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Global Mechanism of the Convention to Combat Destertification (GM), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), German Development Cooperation (GTZ), United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Global Research Alliance (GRA), DANIDA.
IK page on the World Bank website; and emails from Nicolas Gorjestani and Reinhard Woytek to The Communication Initiative on January 19 2007 and August 2 2007, respectively.