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African Heritage

The African Heritage Programme will encompass all learning about African people and their heritage. The overall aim is a better understanding of "Africanness", based on the hypothesis that a better understanding of "Africanness" should, if used to shape the nature of development programmes, lead to better results relative to those achieved to date.

Key elements to be researched include a map of common identities in Africa; analyses of distinguishing characteristics between cultures and regions; and analyses of knowledge and value systems, institutions customs and governance. MINDS will use this body of knowledge as the filter to test the extent to which development interventions have either used or omitted to use "Africanness" as a foundation.