Promote Inter-generational & indigenous knowledge

by South Omo Peoples' Development Association
Promote Inter-generational & indigenous knowledge


The project is aims to promote, document and share inter-generational transfer of indigenous knowledge of 16 tribal communities of South Omo Valley by building on their traditional knowledge and sharing it to the next generation. It sought to retain, preserve and transfer indigenous knowledge and feed into the development programs. As result of project intervention, indigenous knowledge of the South Omo tribal communities has preserved, transferred and documented.

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Just as the biosphere is being severely eroded by global change, so too is the ethnosphere, probably at greater rates. Recently the value of indigenous knowledge of the 16 tribal communities of South Omo Valley is declining and threatened by the influence of exotic culture (mono cultures), rural-urban migration and the market economy. These consequently have also negative repercussions for indigenous culture, cultural rights and practice leading to the erosion of cultural identity of the area


The overall goal of the project is to promote intergenerational transfer of indigenous peoples' knowledge of South Omo Valley and contribute for the national economic and socio-cultural development. Specifically the project will: To revive and incorporate indigenous knowledge of socio-cultural and agro-ecological conservation To strengthen the capacity of indigenous youth on inter-generational transfer of indigenous peoples' knowledge; To document threatened and shared indigenous peoples'

Long-Term Impact

-Awareness has been raised on the critical importance of preserving indigenous knowledge, and led to strengthened inter-generational relationships between young people and community elders. -A remarkable development has been renewed on enthusiasm of youth to learn from the elder. -The project has opened the way for future discussions on how elders could continue to enable the transfer of traditional knowledge to young people.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Organization Information

South Omo Peoples' Development Association

Location: Jinka - Ethiopia
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South Omo Peoples' Development Association
Mamo Mala
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Mamo Mala
Jinka, Ethiopia

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