Africa is home to bountiful reserves of metals and minerals, but these resources have not unleashed widespread economic growth. However, as Anne Cathrine Garde and Blessing Layee-Maima Caine at the BESTSELLER Foundation explain, an “urban mine” is quietly growing on the continent, in the form of discarded electronic devices loaded with precious metals. They discuss how trailblazing trash entrepreneurs are tapping the riches sitting in Africa's overflowing landfills, and turning this problem into profit by rewiring the broken e-waste value chain.
The global waste problem is tremendous — the amount of plastic the world produces is set to quadruple in the next 30 years, and yet we’ve only been able to recycle 9% of existing plastic. But according to Claire Arkin of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, there are solutions. She explores the multiple benefits of a waste management approach that prioritizes waste reduction and material recovery, lays out three reasons why this zero-waste model is key to producing jobs and building healthy economies, and highlights some businesses that are working toward this goal.
TPT Global Tech (TPTW) has entered into a strategic technology agreement with Skybridge West Africa (SWA) to partake in the development of 20 smart villages in Ghana, West Africa.
- Sub-Saharan Africa
From mobile banking to off-grid energy, sub-Saharan Africa has shown a tendency to leapfrog the rest of the world in establishing widespread access to digital infrastructure and new technologies. Tine Fisker Henriksen at BESTSELLER Foundation explores how the continent is making similar strides in the circular economy. She shares how enterprises across the region are taking innovative approaches to waste management, developing groundbreaking approaches to waste collection and recycling – while also supporting the often-informal workers who power the industry.