The social dynamics of innovation for rural development

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): P.Jacobs, T.Hart, A.Mhula Links, H.Mangqalaza, K.Ramoroka
KEYWORDS: INNOVATION, RURAL COMMUNITIES
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-march-2014/rural-dev
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 8144

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Abstract

The idea that innovation is only for increased market shares and profits is widely held. How poor communities benefit from innovations as direct users but also as innovative actors in their own right is rarely discussed. Peter Jacobs et al* explore how people at the bottom of the rural socioeconomic pyramid might benefit from progress in science technology and innovation (STI), drawing on new evidence from rural South Africa.