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Global Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

ISSN: 2408-5480 Vol. 3 (10), pp. 338-346, November, 2015

Full Length Research Paper

Re-constructing indigenous peoples’ role in leadership and development

David Millar1, Thomas Agana2* and Alfred N. Beyuo3 

1,2University for Development Studies, Faculty of Integrated Studies, Department of African and General Studies, Wa

3University for Development Studies, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, Department of Community Development, Wa

Accepted 22 November, 2015

Indigenous knowledge has remained marginalize for a long time now. So-called modernization has over-run this critical group of creation; obliterating their structures, systems, knowledges, and worldviews. Indeed such has been the effort at marginalization that even their critical role in community level leadership and endogenous development is undervalued. Using a purely qualitative methods couple with personal experiences, limited checklist, and secondary data analysis, this research highlights the importance of indigenous peoples in their traditional settings. The findings indicated that many differences exist between African and western concepts of matter, nature, religion, time, art, agriculture, nature conservation, local governance, community leadership, and decision making. Contacts with non-African cultures have certainly brought about intercultural exchanges and substitutions. But, in many respects, the traditional belief systems still form the roots of the knowledge systems of rural people in Africa.Renewed interest in Africa is more concentrated on technologies than on values, systems, structures, and processes. It often has the intention of validating traditional technologies from a western scientific perspective. Programmes for health, agriculture, and the management of natural resources, should and can be built on African concepts, institutions and practices. We strongly recommend an endogenous development approach to contemporary rural community development initiatives. In order to realize the goal of endogenous development, it is recommended to specifically pay heed to development that takes cognizance of and address a holistic and a peoples’ worldview-based development agenda.

Key words: Endogenous development, indigenousleadership, indigenous peoples, local communities, worldviews