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Electric cooking in Tanzania: an actor network map and analysis of a nascent socio-technical innovation system

Published Date 

8 Aug 2020


Byrne et al., (2020)

Authors: Rob Byrne, Elsie Onsongo, Beryl Onjala, Jacob Fodio Todd, Victoria Chengo, David Ockwell and
Joanes Atela

About the publication

In this paper, we report findings from our project in which we provide a first attempt to map several
characteristics of Tanzania’s e-cooking socio-technical innovation system. The ‘map’ consists of visualisations of the actor-networks and actor-relations in the system along with elaborations on who the
actors are, the extent and nature of their interactions, sketches of significant projects, and discussion of
emerging issues relevant to the further development of the innovation system. It also includes some
summary attention to the system’s context and enabling environment. Based on this characterisation, we
conduct a socio-technical innovation system analysis to determine the system’s strengths and weaknesses,
and we derive several recommendations we argue the MECS Programme could implement to further its
aims more effectively.

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