Indigenous Entrepreneurship Beyond Benefit-Sharing

Indigenous Entrepreneurs beyond Access and Benefit Sharing: The Case of the Kukula Healers and the Vukuzenzele Plant Nursery in the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve

The Researchers

Britta Rutert
Cath Traynor

About this Study

How can indigenous communities implement ideas in conditions where infrastructure and resources are largely missing? This case study builds on Open AIR’s previous research conducted with the Kukula Healers of South Africa, but will be looking at two indigenous organizations, the Kukula Healers and Vukuzenzele Plant Nursery. These rural communities will be examined to see how far their knowledge governance structures and activities can be claimed to have an entrepreneurial character, and in how far they stimulate innovation in and for their communities.

This study aims to understand the specific entrepreneurial activities of organizations regarding both knowledge governance and access and benefit sharing – as well as the interactions the Kukula and Vukuzenzele healers engage in as indigenous entrepreneurs. We will examine the integration of the Kukula and Vukuzenzele communities into biodiversity conservation, as well as knowledge management, as well as the social benefits that emerge from such processes.

The Open African Innovation Research Partnership