Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Network for waste management

Sub-Saharan Africa faces significant and specific issues with regards to black carbon and methane emissions from waste. Municipal administrations are not able to provide comprehensive waste collection and disposal, resulting in multiple negative practices such as dumping and open burning.  

The network promotes solutions to these challenges that consider local context and financial limitations. An example being, integrating the informal sector in waste operations. This provides additional collection and treatment coverage in low income areas.   


To help cities in the Sub-Saharan Africa region develop locally relevant waste collection and treatment solutions.  

What we're doing

The CCAC and C40 are providing capacity-building support, primarily through webinars, project sharing, and direct one-on-one technical support to network members. From this assistance several cities have created action plans to mitigate SLCP emissions from the waste sector.  

Participating countries include: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda

Why we're doing this work

Many actors involved in development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa promote models like those found in the Global North, for example, constructing large-scale centralized waste infrastructure.  

There is a growing recognition that such models do not always work in the Sub-Saharan context and efforts are being directed toward developing solutions that are better tailored to the local context. These include, community-based waste management models, zero waste, and small-scale decentralized treatment infrastructure.