Networks for Sustainable Innovations in Kasese, Uganda

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Jakob Overgaard
  • Rasmus Lie Nielsen
This project is based upon research on how working in networks can contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions in third world countries in order to support sustainable development. Networks are seen as appropriate ways to combine knowledge from civil society, universities, governments and businesses, which are convenient because sustainable innovations are best created by combining various knowledge fields. The research included a field trip to Kasese, Uganda for investigating the network operating in Kasese Clean Energy Champion District Initiative, launched by WWF. The analysis showed that key organizational and social/cultural elements are missing in the network. Among others, the network showed to have challenges regarding network governance, challenges in collaboration and trust. By supporting and strengthening the organizational and social/cultural challenges simultaneously, a basis for interaction can be created and hereby knowledge can be strengthened through a learning process. Acknowledging the fact that networks differ based on local settings in terms of social, cultural and local characteristics, it has been learned that context must be considered before facilitating a network. The people operating in networks are also influencing them and it is therefore important to include locally integrated social entrepreneurs who have ability and willingness to contribute to sustainable development.
SpecialisationEnvironmental Management and Sustainability Science
Publication date4 Jun 2014
Number of pages80
External collaboratorAccess2innovation
Jacob Ravn
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