About Hip Africa

Harnessing Indigenous Potentials in Africa (HIPo-Africa) is a local in-country capacity building organization which uses participatory approaches in addressing fundamental community based health and social development initiatives by applying the concepts of Indigenous Knowledge Systems prevailing in specific communities into interventions. It is a non government organization which first started operation in 2008 as a consultancy firm but later created an NGO arm (HIPA) which was registered in May 2010. HIPo-Africa specializes in building capacities of international, regional, national and local health and social service delivery organizations.
HIPo-Africa was born out of the desire to strengthen organizational capacities by integrating IKS into their interventions having realized that this knowledge system had a strong bearing on the service utilization patterns especially in the rural communities. This area of focus was a result of the numerous consultancy work done by the HIPo-Africa Directors in their individual capacities over the years. Capacity building of service providers has been elusive over time even where a lot of resources have been invested. 
Core competences
To address this capacity building gap, HIPo-Africa has designed and applied a number of models which address issues of capacity building with IKS as a determinant factor among service users and an intervention design gap amongservice providers. The main areas of specialty include (but not limited to):

  • Ecological approach to monitoring and evaluation of development initiatives 
  • Ecological approach to monitoring and evaluation of development initiatives 
  • Programme design and implementation management integrating IKS
  • Capacity building with focus on IKS
  • Resource mobilization
  • Policy advocacy and monitoring
  • Documentation and research on IKS
  • Organizational development that looks at IKS as a binding and facilitating culture
  • Financial systems strengthening
  • Human resource management

The Vision
A transformed society with improved quality of life through application of indigenous knowledge and traditional systems
To sustainably build capacity of communities to improve their livelihoods through strengthening the linkages between indigenous knowledge and traditional systems; and biomedical health systems
Indigenous knowledge for better lives
To support sustainable social and economic development at community and service provider level through capacity development initiatives

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