Supporting Ghana to Introduce a Sustainable E-Waste Management System

by Markus Spitzbart (presenting author)1, Alexander Batteiger1, Sampson Atiemo2, Joseph Sikanartey1, Richard Afoblikame1, Veronika Johannes1, Sebastian Feldmann1, Georg Kerkloh1, Michael Quaye1

1: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Ghana; 2: MRI – Mountain Research Institute


Putting the ”Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act 2016 (ACT 917)” into force the government of Ghana started to tackle the menace of uncontrolled e-waste management in Ghana. The GIZ E-Waste Programme supports the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) to improve the conditions for sustainable management and disposal of e-waste in Ghana. One main objective is to improve the political conditions at the macro level to create an appropriate legal and administrative basis for the proper collection and recycling of e-waste. Developing and introducing sustainable business models at the meso level to initiate the establishment of a sustainable e-waste recycling industry is a further main target of the programme as well as capacity development for actors in the informal sector for appropriate management of e-waste, avoiding health and environmental risks. Multi-stakeholder dialog, communication and networking are crosscutting tasks.

The presentation will give an overview of the approaches and current status within the different components of the programme. Main focus will be given on the organization of a multi-stakeholder dialog proposing specific designed formats to meet the individual characteristics of the different stakeholder groups. First experiences in using forum theatre and drama for social change to catalyse the discussions within the stakeholder group “informal sector” concerning their future role within the sector will be shared. Furthermore the presentation will introduce first steps of Caritas Ghana in setting up a social recycling business providing a national-wide collection scheme through institutions of the Catholic church in Ghana. Last of all the programme’s efforts in providing support and capacity building on the micro-level to the scrap workers at – one of the world’s most well known – informal scrap yard Agbogbloshie in Old Fadama district will be explained.