Thursday, 7 June 2007

Barriers to knowledge sharing in Africa

Talking about African knowledge consumers, François Stepman (FOMETRO) talks about the bias towards content produced in the north and argues that the Africans need to be much more self-confident about their products.

During the Africa-Europe knowledge exchange roundtable, he suggests that Africans are not consuming the information and knowledge produced on the continent for a lack of confidence in their own capacities to produce relevant content.

At the same time, sharing information and knowledge among peers is far from seen as a win-win situation. It often does not happen due to a "survival reflex." For many people in difficult situations, keeping information is still seen as the best way to compete.

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