Introduction of Sustainable E-Waste Management in Ghana

Introduction of Sustainable E-Waste Management in Ghana:

An innovative cooperation between MESTI, EPA and GIZ supported by the German Government

Date/ Time:      Thursday, October 24, 2019; 12:30 – 14:00

Location:         WRF2019, Geneva

Chair:              Levina Owusu (Chief director, MESTI)

Organizers:     GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

MESTI: Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation

Currently, resource-recovery from e-waste in Ghana is almost exclusively informally organized. It provides a livelihood for many, but also contributes negatively to the environment and human health. The Old Fadama scrap yard, better known as Agbogbloshie, lies in the Greater Accra Region and is well-known internationally for informal recycling methods. Materials that cannot be sold are burnt or dumped. Scrap workers in Old Fadama are often unaware of the indirect and direct consequences, which occur locally as well as globally. Informal practice gives this sector a competitive advantage towards formal recycling enterprises, which have to follow standards put in place for the protection of human health, safety and the environment. So far, conditions for sustainable and socially responsible management of e-waste are not adequately developed. However, there is great potential. Ghana currently achieves collection rates of 95% of its e-waste and the informal sector generates employment and income for many; in particular unskilled relegated youth from northern parts of the country.

Ghana is currently in the process of rolling out the implementation of the National Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control Management Act (Act 917), which will result in the setting up of an efficient e-waste and recycling sector that will also address the improper handling of e-waste. To support this development, the Technical and Economic Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany gave rise to the Environmentally Sound Disposal and Recycling of Electronic Waste (E-Waste Programme). 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). Its objective is to improve the conditions for sustainable management and disposal of electronic waste in Ghana.

The programme provides three fields of activity which reflect three levels of intervention:

  • Policy Advice: Facilitating the improvement of political conditions to create an appropriate legal and administrative basis for the proper collection and recycling of electronic waste.
  • Business Models: Developing and introducing sustainable business models in the formal sector to support the establishment of a sustainable e-waste recycling industry.
  • Informal Sector: Institutional and individual capacity development on the Old Fadama scrap yard in regards to appropriate recycling and management of e-waste to avoid health and environmental risks.

Furthermore, communication and networking will be executed as a cross-cutting multi stakeholder dialogue.


Time Activity
12:30 – 12:35 Welcome Address

·       Levina Owusu (Chief director, MESTI)

12:35 – 12:55 The National E-Waste Strategy of Ghana

  • Policy Level: Lydia Essuah (Director PPME, MESTI)
  • Regulatory Level: tbd (EPA)
12:55 – 13:15 Technical Support of GIZ

  • General Overview and Approach (Markus Spitzbart, GIZ)
  • Support on Policy Level (Joseph Sikanartey, GIZ)
13:15 – 13:20 Film:

  • Impressions of the Old Fadama Scrap Yard
  • Interactive Theater
13:20 – 13:40 Activities on the Old Fadama Scrap Yard

  • Piloting Payment System & Peace Building (Sampson Atiemo, MRI)
  • Technical Trainings and Visioning (Veronika Johannes, GIZ)
13:30 – 14:00 Introduction of Q/A – session (Levina Owusu)

(Moderation: Oliver Boachie)