Splicing Modern Knowledge and Ancestral Wisdom

Splicing Modern Knowledge and Ancestral Wisdom

John S.C. Afele (International Program for Africa, Canada)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-039-4.ch004
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Abstract

Communications channels with and within the developing world, hence, should be considered in light of the transition of such economies into knowledge societies. The transition from abject poverty to humanly secure is getting shorter, and the tools to foster brain convergence in development planning have become significantly more powerful, more user-defined, more flexible, more abundant, and cheaper. Canada became a country only 133 years ago, and Malaysia and Ghana only in 1957. Yet, at the time of Canada’s 133rd Birthday on July 1, 2000, the United Nations had ranked Canada as the nation with the highest quality of life for the seventh consecutive time (Globe and Mail, 2000). And although Malaysia and Ghana became independent from Britain in 1957, today the two nations are not at the same level of human security. Providing human security relates to optimization of multiple factors that interact nonlinearly; therefore nations in comparable agro-ecological zones that would have been ruled by the same colonial authorities might not achieve the same development status upon being granted political independence; the environment may be suitable for the cultivation of the same crop species, but land management and other inputs and farm practices would determine the yield that each obtained. However, a common feature among nations that have evolved a higher quality of life is probably the development of strategic national goals that are based on increasing the knowledge component of economic and socio-political attributes, and the design of mechanisms to implement and continuously monitor strategies and their effects on society.

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