New publication on governance for the circular economy and resource recovery in sanitation and waste management


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New publication on governance for the circular economy and resource recovery in sanitation and waste management

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to alert you to a publication that was recently released, based on work that our team and partners conducted in Naivasha last
year. The key findings from the paper are highlighted in the abstract below. A pdf of the paper is hereby attached, but it can also be downloaded for free (Open Access) here:
Transitioning to a circular economy requires strategic investments in infrastructure, but it also requires policy coherence, coordination and collaboration among stakeholders across sectors and governance levels. In this paper, we aimed to identify the factors that facilitate or
impede governance capacity to adopt circularity in the form of resource recovery from urban organic waste streams. We conducted a literature review and semi-structured interviews using the ‘Governance Capacity Framework’ in a case study of Naivasha, Kenya. Our findings emphasize the importance of leadership from the public sector in co-developing visionary strategies for circularity and using their convening power to facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration. Moreover, we identify a need for bridging theoretical circular economy concepts to initiatives in local communities of practice. The insights in this paper are relevant for advancing the understanding of challenges for governance of the circular economy especially in low-and middle-income country contexts.
Ddiba, D., Andersson, K., Koop, S.H.A., Ekener, E.,Finnveden, G., and Dickin, S., 2020. Governing the circular economy: Assessing the capacity to implement resource-oriented sanitation and waste management systems in low- and middle-income countries. Earth System Governance.
I hope you find it an interesting read and feel free to share with your networks if relevant for your work.
Kind regards,
Daniel Ddiba
Co-lead for SuSanA WG5: Productive sanitation and food security
Research Associate at Stockholm Environment Institute
Skype: daniel.ddiba
LinkedIn: Daniel Ddiba
Twitter: @DanielDdiba

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