This Topic Guide presents a case for improved solid waste management in
developing countries and the potential contribution of the sector to the
Sustainable Development Goals. The guide, which is organised into five
sections, includes evidence from the literature, both published and
grey, and from the experience of the authors.
After an initial introduction to the sector and an explanation of some
key terms (Section 1), Section 2 focuses on waste generation and on the
stages involved in solid waste management. This section also includes a
paragraph which describes the issue of healthcare waste management.
Section 3 discusses the potential contribution of improved solid waste
management to the Sustainable Development Goals and analyses the impact
of improved solid waste management on selected priority sectors for
DFID: public health and a cleaner living environment; natural
environment; urbanisation; climate change; citizen’s participation and
good governance; vulnerable groups; livelihoods; and occupational health
Section 4 proposes six strategic areas for improving solid waste
management in developing countries, which could be adopted and promoted
by international development organisations and donors. The strategic
areas are selected according to their relevance to achieving the
Sustainable Development Goals, as well as their relevance to the
particular challenges and impacts, considered in the previous sections.
Section 5 highlights gaps and challenges in the sector where further
knowledge and research is needed. For instance, gaps and challenges
include the necessity of setting up initiatives to support data
collection and validation in order to enhance service planning,
implementation and monitoring.
The guide is completed by a glossary, an annotated list of selected
bibliographical references and a list of additional references.
This Topic Guide has been produced by Evidence on Demand with the
assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and
Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL
PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE
Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Ali, M.; di Bella, V. Topic Guide: Solid waste management. Evidence on Demand, UK (2016) ix + 55 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.april2016.alimetal]