CEFIKS is an independent, non-governmental organisation which deals with the integration of indigenous knowledge systems into modern systems of communication and information. The aim is to strengthen disadvantaged population groups and further their education by improving access to modern information technology. CEFIKS is based in Accra, Ghana, and maintains a branch in the USA. The focus of the work is on Ghana and West Africa.
The South African Medical Research Council has established a programme called Indigenous Knowledge Systems [Health] which supports indigenous systems of medical knowledge and contributes to the further development of these systems, especially with research and training programmes.
SAFIRE is a non-governmental organisation which works with 20,000 poor households, primarily in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Together with partner organisations, projects are also carried out in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Chad and Uganda. The focus is on advancing economic development in rural areas through sustainable utilisation, marketing and managing of raw materials. The concept of information for development plays an important part in this. The uses of information and communications technologies are promoted, while at the same time indigenous technical knowledge is documented.
The UNESCO convention on the protection of intangible cultural heritage, adopted in October 2003, aims at securing respect for and promoting awareness of intangible cultural heritage, in an effort to protect it.