Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice

Approaches to Development and Human Well-Being

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Traditional knowledge (TK) has contributed immensely to shaping development and human well-being. Its influence spans a variety of sectors, including agriculture, health, education and governance. However, in today’s world, TK is increasingly underrepresented or under-utilized. Further, while the applicability of TK to human and environmental welfare is well-recognized, collated information on how TK contributes to different sectors is not easily accessible. This book focuses on the relevance of TK to key environment- and development-related sectors, discusses the current debates within each of these sectors and presents suggestions as to how TK can be effectively integrated with conventional science and policy. A valuable resource to researchers, academics and policymakers, Traditional knowledge in policy and practice provides a comprehensive overview of TK, and its links and contributions to social, economic, environmental, ethical and political issues.



Indigenous institutions and contemporary development in Ghana: Potentials and challenges

Development has been variously defined by different actors to mean different things to different people. While western economists define development in terms of economic growth and income per capita, the politician may define the same as the provision of roads, hospitals, schools and so forth. In the context of a Ghanaian community, development is usually described in terms of the well-being of the individual and the community or opportunities for improving livelihoods. Whatever the differences may be among these definitions, the underlying fact is the need for effective leadership and organizational cohesion, be it at national or community level, to be able to initiate and sustain the processes that lead to development.


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