Prisca Oria (KTI): Sustaining Solar-powered Mosquito Trapping Systems for malaria control in Kenya

Organisator Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Philosophy, Strategic Communication

di 23 februari 2016 12:30 tot 13:30

Locatie Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen
Zaal/kamer V72

In 2012, proof of principle study was launched to eliminate malaria from Rusinga Island, western Kenya, using solar-powered mosquito trapping systems. The systems, which also provided power for room lighting and charging mobile telephones, were installed in houses. In view of the involvement of individual and collective benefits, as well as individual and collective maintenance solutions, this study examined preferences of project stakeholders towards the systems’ sustainability components to see if and how they related to social dilemma factors.

The results show that respondents largely preferred individual solutions to various aspects of maintenance, and there seemed to be linkages between preferences towards organising various components of sustainability and known hindrances to addressing social dilemmas such as lack of trust, large group size, weak group identity, and limitations in leadership and the impossibility of imposing effective sanctions.