Opening up new trajectories in the informal sector: can township innovation hubs make the difference?

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Petersen
KEYWORDS: INFORMAL SECTOR, INNOVATION, TOWNSHIP
DEPARTMENT: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CESTII)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11210

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Abstract

A key question that this policy brief addresses is: How can township innovation hubs contribute to building local innovation and production capabilities? The brief identifies specific ways for township innovation hubs to create social spaces conducive to creativity, co-creation and innovation, and to develop programmes that are useful and relevant for supporting small business development in township economies where the majority of businesses tend to be survivalist enterprises. We draw on rich qualitative data collected through participatory research in one of the oldest townships in Cape Town ??? Philippi East.