Study on the issues and opportunities of Solid Waste Management within Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) settings in West and Central Africa

International Organization for Migration
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The countries of the West and Central Africa (WCA) region have around 6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), living largely in IDPs camps, camp-like settings and areas of concentration of IDPs in host communities. The general lack of proper Solid Waste Management (SWM) systems in these IDP settings, including direct implications on human health, environmental degradation as well as indirect effects on infrastructure and livelihood.

The situation is usually similar in host communities, with existing SWM systems already deficient and challenged by sustained population growth and rapid urbanization. On the other hand, Solid Waste Management, notably through reuse and recovery practices, could also become a source of green job and livelihood opportunities for camp residents and host communities.