External Evaluations of Waste to Wealth programme

Living Earth recently commissioned external evaluations of its Waste to Wealth programme in Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda to assess the impact of the programme to date.  The full reports for each country can be accessed using the links at the bottom of the page.

We’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve over the last few years, with the support of our donors – the European Commission, DFID and Comic Relief.  Here are some of headline achievements:

Improved waste management services:

  • In all three countries, communities report an improvement in waste management services with 60,000 slum dwellers accessing new or improved waste management services.
  • The piloting of the project’s PPP approach – brokering partnerships between micro enterprises and local government – has led to a change of attitudes amongst local government and, in some cases, even a change in legislation.   In Uganda, t he competitive bidding system for waste management contracts amongst MSEs (introduced as part of the new Kampala Capital City Authority re-structuring) has led to more cost-effective service delivery. In Cameroon, two district councils in Douala have integrated partnerships with micro enterprises into their waste management model and, more importantly, into their 2-15 budgets.  In Nigeria, 
micro/small enterprises are now able to bid on contracts with RSESA (Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Agency) as a result of a change to legislation.
  • 19 partnership projects have been supported through, and facilitated by, the Waste to Wealth programme.

Wealth creation  – business growth and new jobs:

  • 7000 slum dwellers are making money from recycling and waste-related activities as a result of training that they’ve received;
  • 250 businesses took part in a business development training programme.  An impact evaluation of the programme reports average profit increases amongst businesses of  between 15 and 30%, with some businesses reporting increases as high as 300%.

Empowered citizens:

  • Over 200,000 slum dwellers have been reached through awareness-raising activities and campaigns.
  • 617 leaders have participated in targeted capacity building workshops; a further 900 leaders have been reached through outreach activities.
  • 3 urban environment information centres established.

Increased technical expertise amongst local government:

  • 77 Local Government officials have been trained on partnership working, accountability and transparency.
  • Interviews with local government staff indicate increased levels of understanding of partnering and contract monitoring.

Full Evaluation Reports

The full evaluation reports for each country can be accessed using the links below:

Waste to Wealth – Uganda Evaluation

Waste to Wealth – Cameroon Evaluation

Waste to Wealth – Nigeria Evaluation

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