Social Innovations as a Response to Municipal Failures in Africa

  • Innocent Chirisa
  • Liasion Mukarwi
  • Abraham R. Matamanda
  • Aaron Maphosa
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Urbanisation everywhere has created a host of problems that extend beyond the scope of the public and private sector organisations (UN-HABITAT 2009; Mugumbate et al. 2013). Among the problems identified are waste management, inadequate water supply, inefficient public transport, urban poverty, informality, urban inequality and social exclusion, especially of the urban poor (Kadi et al. 2012; FIG 2010; Smith and London 1990; Todaro 1981). These are social problems that have persisted for long and require social innovative approaches to address (Mulgan 2007; European Commission 2014). The high growth opportunity areas for social innovation include urban development, water management, transport and logistics and waste management. Social innovations have also been found to be more compelling in instances where there is need for sustainable development (Frost and Sullivan 2014). Considering the current situation in Africa where informality is on the rise mainly as a result of urbanisation that is not associated with industrialisation social innovations are increasingly being applied in different sectors hence this study will contribute by putting a debate for social innovation from an African perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Innocent Chirisa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Liasion Mukarwi
    • 1
  • Abraham R. Matamanda
    • 3
  • Aaron Maphosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Rural and Urban PlanningUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural SciencesUniversity of the Free State (UFS)BloemfonteinSouth Africa

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