Discussions on Draft National Indigenous Systems Policies
UKZN academics, researchers and other stakeholders across various disciplines in KwaZulu-Natal attended a consultative meeting in Durban to present inputs on the draft National Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Research, Ethics and Database policies.
The meeting was organised by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in IKS with its hub at UKZN in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (National IKS Office), Moses Kotane Institute and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government.
The policies being considered have been created to:
• Protect the culture, indigenous knowledge and natural resources of communities and their future generations from unauthorized scientific science;
• Reduce the adverse effects of research and related activities on the indigenous and local communities;
• Ensure that researchers recognise control of research activities and that the communities equally own data and information generated by such research
• Establish and provide a statutory basis for a process to review and govern any research, collection, database, or publication undertaken on behalf of communities; and
• Ensure fair and equitable benefit sharing arising from their contribution to the research process. Hassan Kaya