Visioning Process for the Transformation of Agbogbloshie

Visioning Process for the Transformation of Agbogbloshie

by: Veronika Johannes (presenting author)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Ghana

The E-Waste Programme aims to improve the conditions for sustainable management and disposal of electronic waste (E-Waste) in Ghana. The Programme for technical cooperation is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH” in partnership with the Ghana Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).

One of the levels of intervention concentrates on the informal sector, with particular attention to the Old Fadama scrapyard, commonly known as Agbogbloshie. Agbogbloshie has become an international flagship for improper recycling of electronic waste. The narrative has been created around hazardous processes like the burning of cables and smashing of used electronics. But the scrap yard is also a strong economic motor in Ghana and its potential as a place of resource recovery is attracting many stakeholders; each fostering a different vision of the future of Agbogbloshie.

The successful transformation into a place of safe and economically viable recycling requires a thorough understanding of the multifarious wishes, fears, plans and prospects of all relevant actors. The E-Waste Programme seeks to facilitate this process of creating of a common vision for the scrapyard.

In a three-month research period until September, we will moderate visioning sessions with relevant stakeholders using various methodologies like interviews, questionnaires, studies and workshops. International experts will provide inputs that are aimed at fostering a deep contextual understanding throughout the process.

The goal is to finally visualize the identified spatial divisions, illustrating synergies and overlaps of all visionaries. This process aims to foster the creation of a common vision that is feasible and sustainable. Key objective is to support MESTI in the participatory transformation of Agbogbloshie towards an economic motor with improved conditions for environment and human health.