10 Cases of Appropriate Technology 

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The Hippo Roller is frequently cited as an example of Appropriate Technology (AP), as is the case in this article. According to Wikipedia AP is “an ideological movement encompassing technological choice and application that is small-scale, decentralized, labor-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally autonomous.”  It’s worth quoting the full description of the Hippo Roller in this article: “In some African …

This is an excellent article using the Hippo Water Roller as an example to define innovation

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The idea of a “water roller” is not “new.” But, the introduction of the Hippo Water Roller is an innovation that is changing the lives of women fetching water in Africa. “I haven’t used the term “gobsmacked” in quite a while. After seven African safaris, I was gobsmacked by the Hippo Water Roller and the elegant simplicity of a practical …

Don't Invent – Innovate: The Art of Resolving Human Need

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As a customer experience consultant, I am often tasked with helping businesses identify the high-value human needs for which people, process, or technology innovations can be crafted. One of my favorite examples of a high-value innovation is the Hippo Water Roller. Invention is the creation of something new and innovation is creating a new solution that addresses a human need. Innovation requires an effort …

SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

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In her 2016/2017 budget speech on 11 May 2016, Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced detailed plans to aid municipalities unable to cope with the current drought or to meet the service delivery requirements of their communities. The drought mitigating strategies of DWS include new campaigns such as Drop a Block (save water …

Report: Hippo Water Rollers are Changing Lives in Madagascar

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The dry, spiny forests of Madagascar receive very little rainfall and represent one of the most unique ecosystems of our planet. The lack of water in this area lends to a plethora of rare, adapted wildlife and poses challenges for local people to survive. The need for water requires innovative solutions to improve the livelihoods of the people who call …