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Market Dialogue: Greening humanitarian response through recovery, repair, and recycling of solar products in camps

May 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Jan 01, 1970

You are invited to attend a webinar discussing innovative solutions to solar e-waste management in displacement settings.

An innovation project led by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to pilot repair and recycling services in refugee
camps in Kenya and Uganda is looking for partners in the private sector: solar distributors, manufacturers and suppliers; and recycling or waste management companies to become part of the project.

Expert presentations from:

  • Iwona Bisaga, Chatham House
  • Jamie Cross, University of Edinburgh
  • Federico Madalini, Sofies

The project
Energy services in refugee camps are increasingly being provided by off-grid solar products. However, at some point, like all things, these products break down or come to their end-of-life. At this point they either need to be repaired or disposed of.  Unfortunately, the most common disposal methods in Eastern Africa: burial, burning, latrine disposal and open landfill, are also the most damaging for the health of communities and the local environment.
This project will establish and extend waste management processes that will alleviate the stresses being placed on camp residents and their environment (by reducing and recycling waste). In addition the project activities will prolong energy access, create jobs, support livelihoods and provide business opportunities.

What is a Market Dialogue?
The purpose of this Market Dialogue is to bring together a diverse mix of stakeholders to discuss how the challenges of solar e-waste management in refugee camps might be met. Rather than constrain innovation to pre-set specifications, IOM’s innovative procurement approach, of which this webinar is a central component, looks to accelerate the innovation process itself and at the same time provide a market opportunity to implement those innovations.

Register here


May 28, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm