Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Innovation in the Palestinian Water Sector
This Tailor-Made-Training is a collaboration between WSRC and MSM and focuses on building the capacity of WSRC and other main stakeholders in the water sector (government, academia and private sector) on the concept of the Triple Helix model.
In 2014 a new water law was passed in Palestine and due to this law the WSRC was established. The main objective of the WSRC is to monitor all matters related to the operation of water service providers, with the aim of ensuring water and wastewater service quality and efficiency to consumers in Palestine at affordable prices. This objective cannot be achieved without a full partnership with government and academia. Therefore, during this TMT there was a strong emphasis on building the capacity of WSRC and other main stakeholders in the water sector (government, academia and private sector) on the concept of the Triple Helix model.
This TMT has been divided in three work packages:
Work package 1: training workshops and focus groups locally
Training sessions on the following topics:
- Stakeholder Mapping and Multistakeholder Solutions for Triple Helix Challenges
- Triple Helix for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment
- Business Model Development for Local Economic Development
- How to Implement Smart Specialisation Strategies – Before, During and After Matchmaking
Work package 2: Developing a digital platform
Through the TMT a cooperative and interdisciplinary approach among regional stakeholders has been strengthened through the promotion of new tools such as a digital platform for water innovation, aimed at identifying water-related issues and solutions. The digital platform stimulates public-private partnerships based on actions to innovate in the water sector. Companies, innovation centres and universities participate in the platform, which nurtures the collaboration between different stakeholders towards profitable solutions for both the Palestinian Territories and other countries with similar issues.
Work package 3: an Exposure visit to the Netherlands
Representatives from academia, private sector, private sector, and NGOs were invited to learn about the Dutch experience of the triple helix model on the water sector.