What is Indigenous Knowledge (IK)?
For more information, please refer to Learning About IK.
Why is IK important?
Investing in the exchange of IK and its integration into the assistance programs of the World Bank and its development partners can help to reduce poverty.
Examples of how the application of community-based practices have helped achieve substantive development results in the MDG areas include:
IK provides problem solving strategies for local communities, especially for the poor.
IK represents an important contribution to global development knowledge.
IK systems are at risk of becoming extinct.
IK is relevant for the development process.
IK is an underutilized resource in the development process
Learning from IK, by investigating first what local communities know and have, can improve understanding of local conditions and provide a productive context for activities designed to help the communities.
Recognition of IK and its application in the development process is a source of empowerment for local communities.
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