PERCEPTIONS ON DRIVERS AND BARRIERS TO INNOVATION ADOPTION IN GHANA URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT

Isaac Asare Bediako, Xicang Zhao, Henry Asante Antwi, Kofi Baah Boamah, Benjamin Chris Ampimah

Abstract


The adoption of innovation in urban water supply system in Ghana is a favored policy by the government of Ghana and stakeholders; a priority in the wake of changes in climatic conditions and high population growth impacting on urban water management system.  The desire, however, to implementing innovative technology, policies, regulations and laws that facilitate effective change to improve the conventional urban water system’s performance appears a mirage.  Perceptions point to social and institutional stakeholders of the urban water management system as major impediments to innovation adoption; though empirical evidence to substantiate and ascertain are lacking. 400 urban water professionals in three Ghanaian regional capital cities were selected to respond to a questionnaire survey to identify drivers and barriers to innovation adoption. Using the concept of receptivity, the perceived drivers and barriers to institutional change and technologies adoption are tested together with a range of social and institutional influencing factors considered to enhance and/or constrain innovation adoption. Based on the receptivity attributes of association, acquisition and application of new technologies (as well as set of laws, regulations and policies) among professionals within water management system, it is portrayed government policy and cost have striking influence on innovation adoption.

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