Understanding Women's Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer In Rural Mali: Lessons from the African Sky Mothers and Daughters Summit
In January 2011, the nonprofit African Sky facilitated an educational conference in Markala, Mali for pre-existing associations to come together and share knowledge and skills for mutual benefit. The participating groups (N = 6) held expertise in areas of: organizational management, income generation, and family health and sanitation, and were grouped as “established” peri-urban (N=2) and “emerging” rural (N=4) associations. Proficiency was measured on a four-point scale (1 = below basic, 2 = basic comprehension, 3 = proficient, 4 = advanced proficiency) for 14 items. Six months following the Summit, the two established women’s associations achieved 100% proficiency in organizational management, family health and sanitation, and income generation. After six months, the remaining emerging association decreased in knowledge to 50% proficiency in income generation, and only 10% proficiency in both organizational management and well as family health and sanitation. The authors hypothesize that the gains were maintained in the established organizations as these associations had the monetary means to implement the business plans they developed at the conference. Organizational support for immediate application of newly acquired skills may increase retention of skills and knowledge.
Journal of Global Health Perspectives
Lechner, Kate E.; Hong, Amanda J.; Sillah, Arthur; Schneider, Raymond; and Lacy, Scott, "Understanding Women's Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer In Rural Mali: Lessons from the African Sky Mothers and Daughters Summit" (2012). Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Publications. 12.
Lechner, Kate E., Amanda J. Hong, Arthur Sillah, Raymond Schneider, & Scott Lacy (August 2012) “Understanding Women's Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer In Rural Mali: Lessons from the African Sky Mothers and Daughters Summit.” Journal of Global Health Perspectives.