Sustainable Development in Africa
A Strategic Framework for Good Governance
Draft Working Paper 
© Jacques L. Hamel, ECA/SDD
23 December 2004
Table of Contents
Abstract ………………………….…………………………………………………………………………..3 1- Introduction: Efficient Knowledge for Sustainable Development ………………………………………...3 2- Fundamental Perspectives On African Knowledge For Sustainable Development ……………………..7 Exciting / Inspiring / Prolific / Hopeful knowledge; Sustainable / Available / Accessible / Efficient knowledge; Complex / Multidimensional / Mysterious / Incomprehensible knowledge; Fragmented / Disjointed / Compartmented / Disintegrated / Fractured / Dismembered knowledge; Symbolical / Mythological / Magical / Analogical / Metaphorical / Proverbial / Poetical knowledge; Limited / Imperfect / Uncertain / Unknown knowledge; Existential / Passionate / Emotional / Obsessive / Sentimental / Mystical / Ecstatic knowledge; Empirical / Logical / Rational / Analytical knowledge; Utilitarian / Instrumental / Operational / Functional knowledge; Autonomous / Evolving / Deterministic / Creative / Renewable knowledge; Uncontrolled / Destructive / Pathological / Misused / Faulty / Dysfunctional knowledge; Plastic / Moldable / Manageable / Constructive / Emancipating Knowledge; Wise / Mature knowledge; Masculine / Feminine / Androgenic knowledge; Relative / Subjective / Self-deceptive / Possessive / ‘Schizophrenic’ knowledge; Authoritative / Commanding knowledge; Conscientious / Deliberate / Chosen / Elected knowledge; Linguistic / Idiomatic / Translated knowledge; Relevant knowledge; Material / Institutional knowledge; Strategic / Decisive / Potent knowledge; Future knowledge. 3-Specific Perspectives on African Knowledge For Sustainable Development ……………….……………16 3.1 Modern knowledge …………..……………………………………………………..……………….16 Literate / Contemporary / Cultured knowledge (knowledge modernization / westernization); Scientific / Predictive / Up-to-Date / Accurate knowledge (knowledge scienticization); Technical / Engineering / Medical / Managerial knowledge (knowledge technicization / Africanization); Promising / Precious / Capable knowledge (knowledge valuation / evolution / revolution); On-line / E-knowledge (knowledge acquisition / digitalization / diffusion / globalization); Open-source / Free knowledge (knowledge / facilitation / distribution); Open access knowledge (knowledge universalization / popularization); Communal / Shared / Networked / Participatory knowledge (knowledge hybridation / fertilization / cooperation); Embodied knowledge (knowledge incorporation); Embedded knowledge (knowledge internalization / indigenization); Assistance knowledge (knowledge collaboration); Licensed / Franchised / Rented knowledge (knowledge commodification / marketization); New / Innovative / Frontier knowledge (knowledge creation / generation / production); Outsourced / Leased knowledge (knowledge complementation / absorption); Patented / Rare knowledge (knowledge rarefaction / protection / codification / standardization); Marketable / Open knowledge (knowledge competition / intermediation); Drained / Untapped knowledge (knowledge circulation / repatriation); Unused / Underused / Underexploited knowledge (knowledge depreciation / dispersion / utilization); Sleuth / Espionage knowledge (knowledge prospection / extortion) Privatized knowledge (knowledge appropriation); Carnal knowledge; Expanded / Inflated / Encyclopedic / Erudite knowledge (knowledge accumulation / addition / intensification); Diet / Poor / Lacking knowledge (knowledge starvation / asphyxia / privation); Spam / Garbage knowledge (knowledge pollution / spoliation); Non-consensual / Non-authorized knowledge. 3.2 Ancient, Indigenous, Endemic knowledge …………………………………………..…..…………26 Neolithic / Antique / Ancestral / Indigenous knowledge (knowledge reproduction / fossilization); Rich / Poetic /...
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