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Title:Cultures of Development and Indigenous Knowledge: The Erosion of Traditional Boundaries
Author:Derman, BillISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:indigenous knowledge
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v050/50.2derman.pdf
Abstract:From years of participation in development-related meetings and interviews in Zimbabwe (1989-2003), the author examines how meetings and workshops have been sites for learning, argument, engagement, and planning about and doing 'development'. He questions notions of what constitutes 'indigenous knowledge' and suggests that it is not a separate domain, unchanging, or something that can be pulled out and utilized when needed. He explores how indigenous knowledge, although usually framed in more pragmatic terms, was mobilized to oppose elements of the Mid-Zambezi Rural Development Project, and how local ideas and practices interact with national laws and policies in Zimbabwe's nationally-based water reform programme. The focus is on how and in what ways local populations have articulated their knowledge and perspectives in complex settings, and the ways in which the organizational structures created by donors, national governments, and nongovernmental grassroots organizations have changed the terrain of debate, discussion, and representations and practices of African cultures. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]