AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions Hub is now online to match innovative solutions with water and climate-related needs of stakeholders
AfriAlliance has launched the AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions Hub to bring together many water and climate-related needs of African stakeholders, and to match them with existing, innovative solutions.
The Hub follows the core goal of AfriAlliance, which is to facilitate interactions amongst stakeholders to generate and share water and climate knowledge and innovation. In the AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions Hub, customers can search for solutions to their needs in the same way that solutions providers can identify needs that could benefit from their solutions.
The AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions Hub is interactive. Customers and solution providers can submit their specific needs and solutions to the Hub.
If you have a specific need to add to the Hub, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a solution that matches one of the identified water-related needs of African stakeholders, please submit it to the AfriAlliance Solutions Hub here.
How does the Hub identify needs?
Often, customers do not have a clear vision of specific products or services they need, especially in the field of complex water and climate-related programs. To solve this issue, AfriAlliance adapted the approach Value Proposition Canvas (VPC) from individual to organisational level and to climate change impacts on water resources, especially in African contexts.
This adapted VPC focuses organisational tasks that are either triggered or affected by Climate Change, the main obstacles organisations are facing during such tasks (pains) and the improved outcomes they are trying to achieve (gains).
The needs-related content of the Hub was collated by the AfriAlliance partners in a combined top-down and bottom-up approach. The top-down approach reviewed knowledge needs expressed in calls for proposals, policy documents and strategic agendas. The bottom-up approach complemented this, by using the adjusted VPC approach in workshops, interviews and online surveys to identify needs at local level in interactions with more than 130 African stakeholders from 36 countries.
Creating an ever-growing pool of knowledge on water and climate needs & solutions
The portfolio of specific needs on the AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions Hub provides the ‘supply side’ of water innovation – such as entrepreneurs, industry players, researchers and scientists – with an outlook of opportunities to apply their research and innovation efforts, results and solutions to the specific water-related needs of African stakeholders that arise in the context of climate change.
In the longer run, the ambition is to enhance the Hub and include the needs of other African stakeholders, especially water users, in the AfriAlliance Needs & Solutions hub, along with other, emerging solutions. This will help create an ever-growing pool of knowledge on water and climate-related needs and solutions, especially for African contexts.
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