Transfer of Technology in Suame Magazine

Problem Statement

Limited resources and technical development in the metal work market Suame Magazine, Ghana.

Innovation

Overview

Suame Magazine is a cluster of metal workshops and vehicle repairs in Kumasi, Ghana. The cluster is an area of an estimated 200,000 informal craftsmen and traders. Following vehicle import restrictions in Ghana in the 1970's, Suame Magazine grew even more filling the market gap in vehicle repairs. There have been some initiatives to enhance the skills and access to markets for the enterprises at Suame Magazine.

The Intermediate Technology Transfer Unit (ITTU) worked on introducing new machining and tools with skills to the area, an initiative and technologies from the Kwame Nkrumah University.

Costs / Investments

Initial funded by Canadian International Development Association

IP Rights

Many designs from the university shared with craftsmen

Date of Inception

1981

Innovation Status

  1. Launched in Market
  2. Piloted in low-income country
  3. Used in Development
  4. Used in Humanitarian Response
  5. Not used in low-income location

Innovation Type

  1. Product
  2. Process
  3. Positioning
  4. Paradigm

Innovation Stage

  1. Recognition
  2. Find
  3. Pilot & Iterate
  4. Implement
  5. Scale & Diffuse
  6. Sustain

Supply Chain

The images below highlight how this innovation is created and distributed at the international, national and local levels. The arrows show which direction the innovation flows.

Towards Local Trade

Dialogue

Impact

The Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organisation (SMIDO) explain that some traders have adopted technologies from ITTU to enhance their businesses.

Humanitarian Opportunity

Transferring technologies and skills from universities to the local market is one idea from this innovation that could be enhanced in other locations.

Comments on Resilience/Sustainability

This innovation relies on an active involvement from the university, but once ideas have been shared and transferred then traders and entrepreneurs can potentially sustain the technologies in many ways. The information sharing method is quite resilient to changes. Changes in the market however could potentially effect the demand for types of technologies and businesses from Suame Magazine and therefore also effect the research and development that takes place at the University.

Potential Community Involvement

  1. As Beneficiary
  2. As Consumer
  3. As Entrepreneur
  4. As Employee

Next steps of innovation

A press release last year by the Ghanaian government suggests that ITTU is trying to encourage more traders to make use of the technologies and training available.

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