Public Private Partnerships in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (PPP-ISWM)

The PPP-ISWM initiative is a multi-year programme implemented by the UNDP Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) in partnership with WASTE, Advisers on Urban Environment and Development of Gouda, the Netherlands. It is supported by the Netherlands Government through its Department of International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main objective of the programme is to promote sustainable, self-supporting partnerships between micro and small enterprises and local authorities that over time improve lives and livelihoods of poor people in cities and municipalities of low-income countries.

The PPP-ISWM initiative is a multi-year programme implemented by the UNDP Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) in partnership with WASTE. The main objective of the programme is to promote sustainable, self-supporting partnerships between micro and small enterprises and local authorities who, over time, improve lives and livelihoods of poor people in cities and municipalities of low-income countries. The mechanism is to support the formation and operation of new enterprise-municipal cooperation in solid waste management and recycling systems. The programme is specifically formulated to contribute in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), notably goals 1 and 7 (targets 9, 10 and 11) through supporting multi-stakeholders public-private partnerships (PPP) with the methodology of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM).

With a two-year extension, the programme will now finish at the end of 2012. In its last two years, the focus is on supporting the young PPPs in six countries to function, to make money for the enterprises, and to become sustainable. One of the PPPs will graduate in early 2011, the micro-franchising and recycling PPP in Managua, Nicaragua. The rest are facing the challenge of evolving to sustainable partnerships.

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Switching Managua on!

Maria Jose Zapata and Patrik Zapata, from the Gothenburg Research Institute of the University of Gothenburg wrote an article on the involvement of informal sector in the Managuan informal neighbourhoods. It will be published in February 2013.

This paper explores the organizing of household solid waste management collection and disposal practices in informal settlements. It is based on a case study of an NGO project that supports Manos Unidas (Joined Hands), an informal waste picker cooperative in Managua, Nicaragua. Using horse carts, these waste pickers collect household solid waste from informal settlements where there was no previous regular, official waste collection. Unlike many development projects, which try to control people’s agency, the support examined here focused on the residents of illegal neighbourhoods and the waste pickers, who themselves became city constructors and co-producers of basic services such as household waste collection rather than service recipients of aid programmes or municipal governments. By slightly changing the actions of the actors already involved in informal waste handling in the informal settlements, the project succeeded in transforming an agent of pollution into the solution to several interconnected problems, namely illegal dumping by the cart-men and residents, the cart-men’s low and irregular incomes and the lack of household waste collection services.

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