Water innovation in South Africa: mapping innovation successes and diffusion constraints

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dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T12:51:56Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T12:51:56Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-20 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15439
dc.description.abstract Because of its long experience with water scarcity, South Africa has built a highly active research and innovation capacity in the water sector, which is spearheaded by the Water Research Commission (WRC). As a result, South African scientists have been among the significant contributors to new knowledge creation in the water innovation domain, especially in water treatment technologies. This innovation dynamism has however not been translated into a large-scale harnessing of technological innovations to avert the looming threat of water shortage. This paper combines innovation diffusion theory with the technology maturation framework to explore the main factors that help explain the pace of innovation diffusion in the South African water sector. Data from key informant interview analysis as well as available secondary sources indicate that financing constraints and technical validation difficulties are among the main hurdles limiting the ability of innovators to scale up their inventions for commercialisation. Adoption costs and lack of municipal support budget are the most important factors that limit the ability of low income rural households to adopt water innovations. Policy measures to support diffusion strategies are necessary to ensure that innovators have the means to overcome the multiple diffusion obstacles that they are confronted with. en
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dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.subject WATER MANAGEMENT en
dc.title Water innovation in South Africa: mapping innovation successes and diffusion constraints en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber MSAZAA en
dc.Volume 114 en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle Environmental Science and Policy en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11594 en
dc.PageNumber 217-229 en
dc.outputnumber 10708 en
dc.bibliographictitle Habiyaremye, A. (2020) Water innovation in South Africa: mapping innovation successes and diffusion constraints. Environmental Science and Policy. 114:217-229. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15439 en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Habiyaremye, A. en

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