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No legitimacy: A study of private sector sanitation development in the Global South

Fischer, Klara and Kokko, Suvi and Mcconville, Jennifer (2021). No legitimacy: A study of private sector sanitation development in the Global South. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 38 , 68-78
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What is needed for the private sector to successfully establish itself as a key player in delivering sustainable sanitation in the Global South? The present paper aims to offer some answers to this through the case of Peepoople AB, a company delivering a single-use biodegradable toilet bag in informal settlements. The company aimed to but failed in combining sustainable development of sanitation and financial gain for investors. We suggest that explanations for the failure can be found in the interaction between the company and the development– and aid organisations already involved in sanitation development. Through Strategic Niche Management, we look at whether the company managed to create relevant social networks, expectation dynamics and learning processes. The company gained legitimacy with end users, but failed to gain legitimacy in the development sector as it did not prioritise the kind of learning and competence considered relevant in the sector.

Authors/Creators:Fischer, Klara and Kokko, Suvi and Mcconville, Jennifer
Title:No legitimacy: A study of private sector sanitation development in the Global South
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:38
Page range:68-78
Number of Pages:11
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:sanitation, development, poverty, niche innovation, Kenya, epistemic community
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109116
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109116
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.eist.2020.11.006
ID Code:19138
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 14:23
Metadata Last Modified:09 Dec 2020 14:31

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