Making inroads in Africa

May 02, 2018

This policy has been prepared by CSE and is being considered for implementation by the governments of Swaziland, Zanzibar and Namibia. Zanzibar is considering the policy document for its National Strategy on Waste; Swaziland has passed the document to its cabinet for consideration as a national policy. Namibia’s Ministry of Environment has expressed an interest in using CSE’s integrated policy document for preparing its national waste management strategy. 

Under its programme objective of research and advocacy to get effective and affordable waste management in the Global South, CSE has ventured on developing pilot projects in two countries in Africa – Zanzibar and Swaziland; the understanding is that these pilots will lead to policy change.  The first of these pilots has been initiated in 200 households in Shaurimoyo, in Zanzibar. From September 11, 2017, these households have started segregating waste – today, the area boasts of an above 80 per cent source segregation. The locality produced its first batch of compost in December 2017. So far, 330 kg of compost has been sold. 

The Zanzibar Urban Municipal Council (ZUMC) is going to replicate the pilot in several other locations -- the city centre, Stone Town, and the North-west municipality. 

In Swaziland, the Matsapha Town Council (MTC) and Mbabane Town Council have agreed to start the decentralized pilot project for 200 households. The Town Council in the capital is already composting waste from vegetable and fruit markets and can upscale the activities under the pilot.