The Determination of Social Needs as Drivers of Social Innovation

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

2 Department of Public Administration, University of Fort –Hare, Eastern Cape, South Africa


Social innovation has been contextualized as a new way of resolving deeply entrenched development issues. The identification and resolution of social needs is said to be the driving force of social innovation. With features such as sustainability and scalability, social innovation has the potential to change the way we perceive and engage with development in the future. This research takes a critical look at how the social needs as a means to an end of social innovation, is identified. Previous research did not investigate the methodology of how these needs were identified and the question then arose as to how responsive the corresponding resolutions could be in resolving the need.