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Title:Four caveats for participatory solid waste management in Lusaka, Zambia
Authors:Nchito, WilmaISNI
Myers, Garth AndrewISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:popular participation
informal settlements
waste management
External link:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s12132-004-0016-2.pdf
Abstract:In its four years of formal existence (1997-2001), the Sustainable Lusaka Programme (SLP) (Zambia) had as its primary emphasis the generation of a participatory and community-based system of solid waste management for Lusaka's numerous unplanned settlements. By the end of 2002, however, little had changed in the removal of solid waste from compounds, despite the significant investment of donor funds and planning expertise. This essay, based on research conducted in 2002 and 2003, assesses outcomes in two periurban compounds that served as pilot neighbourhoods for the SLP's approach to solid waste management, the communities of Ng'ombe and Kamanga. Particular attention is paid to four caveats for participatory solid waste management from the Lusaka case that may have broader applicability, viz. the depth of connection between communities and the 'community-based' enterprises developed to operate in their midst; the political manipulations of participatory approaches in the transition from a government-centred management regime to one built around the construct of good governance involving public-private-popular partnerships; spatial and social inequalities resulting in a kind of apartheid of garbage collection; and the fact that the programme's advances toward female empowerment and entrepreneurship have often stalled because they are embedded in a male-dominated polity and culture. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]