Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
Tika-Tikwe Bio Resources Trust
This description of Nancy Kgengwenyane's work was prepared when Nancy Kgengwenyane was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Nancy is building a legal structure that allows indigenous groups to negotiate legal contracts on access to their biological resources and traditional knowledge. She is also raising citizens' awareness of the legal controversies surrounding resource and knowledge ownership. Ultimately, she is fighting to regulate the use of these assets and struggling to allow developing countries to reap some of the benefits of their natural resource wealth.
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