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Triple Helix for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment

04-01-2022

In December the second training as part of the Tailor-Made-Training project named “Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Innovation in the Palestinian Water Sector” took place. This time the focus of the training was on Triple Helix for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment.

MSM Consultants Tom de Veer and Patrick Martens provided a two-day training to 20 Palestinian participants from public and private sectors, NGO’s and academia. The training provided the participants with hands on tools of real triple helix cases and how to apply the model to the water sector in an innovative way. The trainers gave the participants exercises on how to formulate and form a triple helix.

The participants had diverse professional backgrounds which made for good discussion tackling the topic from different angles. The participants came to the conclusions that indeed they will put effort in the development of a triple helix model in the Palestinian Water Sector as they had already developed ideas on this after the first triple helix training back in October of 2021.

Putting theory into practice through case studies
The training was hosted at the Water Sector Regulatory Council (WSCR) who created a welcoming environment for participants to join the session from their offices. Due to Covid-19 measures the setup of the triple helix workshop was in a hybrid format. Tom de Veer and Patrick Martens provided the training from their home base in the Netherlands and Georgia respectively, to the participants present at the WSRC office as well as a group of participants joining in online.

The workshop was aimed at being hands-on which meant some theory, but especially several triple helix cases and work in small groups. Two triple helix cases were presented in the water sector (one in the Netherlands and one in Kenya). In several sessions the participants worked in small (break out) groups on triple helix related exercises, including a SWOT, a triple helix stakeholder assessment, a value chain assessment focused at determining triple helix actions and stakeholders, and the development of a triple helix business model and a time schedule for its introduction. For each group work, the participants split up in two groups. After each small group session, a representative of each small group presented the results of the group work, followed by some plenary discussion.

The workshop was the second training session of this TMT and will be followed by a training session on Business Model Development for Regional Authorities.

About the project
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. Part of this TMT are several training sessions, a digital platform and a work visit to the Netherlands. 

Orange Knowledge Programme
This Tailor-Made-Training is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre for Emerging Economies

This TMT is part of MSM's Expert Centre for Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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