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Informal e-waste recycling sector in Ghana: An indepth socio-economic study


Debate on impacts of e-waste has gathered pace in many developing countries, which are recently experiencing an exorbitant increase in the consumption of electronic goods. While the impacts on environment and health have so far dominated this debate, there are various other significant implications. Amongst others, refurbishing and e-waste recycling generates jobs and therefore could contribute towards overcoming urban un-employment. Political decision-making requires a sound analysis of all positive and nega-tive impacts, including income generation, working conditions, contribution to economy and impacts on the neighboring communities and society as a whole. In this context, the VROM-Inspectorate and the NVMP commissioned the German Öko-Institut e.V. to assess the socio-economic impacts of the informal refurbishing and e-waste recycling sector in Ghana and to elaborate its role in the sustainable e-waste management. This paper presents key findings from this study, including the sector’s size, characteristic working conditions and contribution to the economy.

Date:November 10th, 2010
File: CARE_INNOVATIONS_11_2010_Prakash_text.pdf (1.11 MB)
Author/Authors:Prakash, Siddharth
Manhart, Andreas
Project Name:Meeting the Challenge of E-waste in Africa
Topics:Mineral resources and metals