Cradle Principles and a Research Agenda on Knowledge GovernanceEvent reportCradle Principles and a Research Agenda on Knowledge Governance

Cradle Principles and a Research Agenda on Knowledge Governance

Adapted from infojustice

In late February 2024, Dr Chijioke Okorie was part of a group of copyright academics, creative and user stakeholders, and computational researchers which adopted a new set of “Principles on Knowledge Governance”. The Principles seek to enable African and other Global South uses of digital research tools without promoting “data colonialism” concerns, including wrongful uses of traditional knowledge and community-held information.

The participants at the 3-day residential retreat in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, which produced the principles included:

Allan Rocha, Federal University Rio De Janeiro

Ben Cashdan, Black Stripe Foundation

Caroline Ncube, University of Cape Town

Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa

Chijioke Okorie, University of Pretoria

Denise Nicholson, Scholarly Horizons

Desmond Oriakhogba, University of Western Cape

Kyla Jade, Recreate Coalition

Sanya Samtani, Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law

Tobias Schonwetter, University of Cape Town

Vitor Ido, South Centre

Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria

The Cradle Principles on Knowledge Governance and a  Research Agenda are now open to comment. The Principles and Research Agenda seek to guide inquiry and policy making into how knowledge governance systems can “promote the goals of sustainable development, social justice, and human rights, including the rights of everyone to produce, receive and impart information; to create, produce, participate in and benefit from culture and science; to benefit from the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production; and of indigenous peoples to self-determination, culture, language, and participation in decision-making processes affecting their communities.” The Principles and Research Agenda were presented for comment at the Transforming Africa 2024 Conference at the University of Johannesburg, 28 February 2024. Both documents are currently open for public comment before a next revision later in the year.