Posted to the Ethnos Project by on March 7th, 2012

Full Title: Information and Communication Technologies, Knowledge Management and Indigenous Knowledge: Implications to Livelihood of Communities in Ethiopia


This brief paper discusses the role of information and communication technologies in gathering, storing and disseminating indigenous knowledge, the various community-based structures to be used in order to safeguard and transfer indigenous knowledge and the best practices around the world in using IK systems for development. The paper discusses the link between indigenous knowledge and global knowledge systems and some of the lessons from knowledge for development initiatives. The paper concludes with recommendations for enhancing the role of information and communication technologies in general and knowledge management in particular to collect, preserve and exchange indigenous knowledge in Ethiopia. The aim is not come up with scientific and detailed treatment of these issues but rather to raise salient points around the intersection between information and communication technologies and IK systems.

About Dr. Lishan Adam

From The Research ICT Africa Network website: Dr. Adam is an independent consultant and researcher specializing in ICTs applications in development and ICT policies and regulations with special focus on developing countries. He has worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and been a Hewlett Fellow of Information Technology at the Centre of International Development and Conflict Management of the University of Maryland. He has served as a visiting associate professor at the the University of Witswatersrand and at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

For more information about Dr. Adam, please visit his profile on LinkedIn.

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