Waste management in peri-urban settings

The project led by Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) aims to support the peri-urban community from Abuakwa (21,000 inhabitant) to establish a community-driven and incentive – based circular waste management model. More specifically a proper waste management structure will be developed and implemented through education and stakeholder engagement, increasing the waste collection capacity and income of 50 informal waste workers, mostly women, living below the national poverty line. A Material Recovery Facility (MRF) will be established with local leaders to train and empower local entrepreneurs, creating 15 decent long-term jobs through community-based enterprise models, producing compost, charcoal briquettes, and providing urban gardening services. Recycling and upcycling practices will be introduced as alternative livelihoods and an approach towards community-based plastic waste management, empowering 20 unemployed youths and increasing their income through the sales of the recycled products. Tree planting at degraded sites will also take place using the compost generated from the community organic waste, showcasing its richness and effectiveness. In the long-term, the project will eliminate open-burning and improper waste disposal, reducing air and water pollution.

GAYO is a registered Community Based Organisation in Ghana dedicated to environmental sustainability and community development.



Health / Education / Environment / Community Development


January 2021 - December 2021


Abuakwa / Ghana

With whom

Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO)




28.8 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1'880/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
23% (2017)

Literacy rate
71% (2016)

Human Development Index
140th out of 189 countries (2018)

Renowned for its stability and democratic governance Ghana has made great progress over the past 20 years in reducing poverty and hunger among its population. Its economy is growing ahead of the average for the Africa region. This is reflected in gradual improvements in the efficiency of public institutions. Although primary school enrolment has reached 100 %, secondary school enrolment lags at 60% for male students and 47% for female students. Health care varies widely across the country with huge inequalities between the north and south of the country and between urban centres, generally well served, and rural areas often with no health care at all. Similarly, water supply and sanitation still face a number of challenges, mainly due to neglect until the 1990s.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.