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Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community (SmartCom) Namibia

Co-creation Namibia

UniPID – Finnish University Partnership for International Development

Titre : Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community (SmartCom) Namibia

Pays/Région : Namibia

Durée : 1.6.2016 - 1.10.2018

Résumé
The Main goal of the SmartCom consortium is to develop, test and implement a concept of Smart Community for urban Africa together with the Namibian counterparts. The Project supports the development of Smart Community concept that is a societally and environmentally sustainable approach to urban development in Africa. SmartCom goes beyond the concept development and aims to provide tools, policy design and network to foster the emergence of business and innovation ecosystem between Finland and Namibia. The concept and policy design can be scaled-up to other countries later on.

Présentation
The SmartCom research project supports the development of Smart Community concept that is a socially and environmentally sustainable approach to urban development in Africa. The project studies, through a practical engagement, especially the concepts of responsible, inclusive and systemic innovation. There are parallel research and business processes going on to both design and build Smart Communities and to study how the concept can be further developed in responsible, inclusive and systematic way in Namibia.

SmartCom deploys participatory action research (PAR). PAR contrasts with many research methods which emphasize disinterested researchers, reproducibility of findings and observation of human behavior in the hope of eventually emerging meaningful change without researchers’ intervention. Instead, PAR emphasizes participation and action and intends to make sense of the world through collective efforts to change it. Research is conducted with people instead of "on" or "for" people, in a collaborative manner that suits especially when the object of the study is co-creation processes and how to promote them.

Partenaires  : University of Tampere, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), University of Namibia (UNAM)

Financement : The research project Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community (2016-2018) is funded by the National Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and by participating Finnish research partners and business organisations.
Budget  : 271 737 USD

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