Africa

Aang Serian ('House of Peace' in the Maasai language) is an independent organization founded in 1999 by young people in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.It is officially registered with the National Arts Council of Tanzania (BASATA) as an organization for the promotion of arts and culture. Aang Serian is now establishing itself as a global NGO dedicated to preserving indigenous traditions and knowledge, and promoting inter-cultural dialogue across the world.

 

The African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systemswebsite offers various perspectives on the subject including extracts from scholars and experts in the field.

 

The African Resource Center of Indigenous Knowledge(ARCIK) is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and documentation activities in Africa's indigenous knowledge (IK) systems, that is, localized knowledge which is unique to particular African societies and groups, and which has been institutionalized and passed through many generations up to the present.

 

The Centre For Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CEFIKS) is devoted solely to the research, monitoring, documentation, and coordination of indigenous knowledge systems in Ghana. Established in 2000, CEFIKS is based in Accra and has affiliates in the USA and local communities in Ghana.

 

The Conserve Africa Foundation is an environmental NGO that aims to promote and implement sustainable development practices, policies and strategies in Africa through information dissemination, capacity building, education, applied research, community environmental and natural resource development, advocacy and campaigning that focus on the environment and natural resources management using innovative, participatory and gender sensitive approaches.

 

The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee(IPACC) is a network of indigenous peoples’ organizations in Africa. IPACC’s main aims are to: promote recognition of and respect for indigenous peoples in Africa; strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of indigenous civil society in Africa; promote tolerance and understanding of the cultural, spiritual and language diversity of Africa; and promote sustainable economic development drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience in indigenous societies.

 

The National Research Foundation of South Africa publishes the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Newsletter that attempts to (1) develop theoretical and methodological paradigms within which to understand the specific characteristics of IKS, (2) shed light on the role of IK in nation-building, and (3) develop research capacity in the field of IK in South Africa

 

The Ogiek, an indigenous people living mainly in Kenya’s Mau and Mt. Elgon Forests, are fighting to remain in their ancestral homeland. The former government tried to force them out of the forests, allegedly to protect the environment. But the Ogiek pose not only no environmental threat, but are actually the guardians of these forests since time immemorial.

 

The Tanzania Development Gateway maintains the indigenous knowledge database for Tanzania.