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Social innovations to heighten innovative resilience-building opportunities: the case of Madda-Walabu Woreda, Oromia

Kebede Duga1, Gari Duguma2

1Keam Business and Development Consultants Plc, Management and Programme Operations, Ethiopia
2LID-Consult, Ethiopia


Social innovation has re-emerged since the global financial crisis in 2008 as an approach to solving our collective intractable global challenges. Parallel with its renewed popularity, it is with paramount roles in the context of its application when planning to build environment or civic infrastructures or in resilience-building. The study area, Madda-Walabu, is one of the Woredas of Bale Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Agro-pastoralism is major economic activity of the Woreda.

This research analysed results of social innovations to heighten innovative resilience-building opportunities in the study Woreda (thirteen Kebeles/villages). Focused on application of Social Innovations (Integrated Management (IM) Toolbox and Educational Game (EG)) and results. These Social Innovations applied leaders/management of three Small-Scale Irrigation Schemes, thirteen Developed Water Supply Schemes, and six Micro and Small Entrepreneurs, and also cascaded to user groups at large.

Stratified random sampling, and systematic random sampling methods applied select 391 user groups of the public infrastructures. Moreover, nine Micro and Small Enterprise members were selected using simple random sampling method. Descriptive statistics have been used. The result indicated that the social innovations are efficient and effective in building resilience within the communities through developing /enhancing transparency, accountability and management capacity of the management bodies of the small scale irrigation and water supply schemes. Moreover, the study realised that the social innovations developed performances of the targeted entrepreneurs.

Prior to project intervention, major bottlenecks for poor services of small scale irrigation and water supply schemes include lack of transparency & accountability, lack of capacity & skills of the management bodies, traditional behaviours, access to spare parts, and technicians. The major barriers to successes of Micro and Small Enterprises include capital, market for their services & products, lack of business skills, fragile nature of MSEs, lack of proper human & material resources management and poor linkages with local government bodies. The intervention curbed the barriers and target groups resulted in efficient, effective and scalable achievements. The study recommends community based infrastructures and group-based businesses to use these Social Innovations in their operations to be efficient & effective, and attain built social, environmental and economic resilience.

Keywords: Businesses, educational game, IM toolbox, infrastructure, innovations, management, public, resilience, social

Contact Address: Kebede Duga, Keam Business and Development Consultants Plc, Management and Programme Operations, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, e-mail: keam.waeb@gmail.com

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