Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
SafeWasteNet/Waste Workers Wellbeing Network (WWWN)
Published on September 17, 2020 um 09:32
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
UN Habitat (2010) has found that informal waste pickers (IWP) collect between 50 and 100 percent of waste in cities in low-income countries, at no cost to the urban local body . According to the World Bank (2018) , it is also a form of common livelihood for the urban poor in low and middle income countries. However, these workers face innumerable socio-economic challenges, in spite of performing an integral function in the waste management system. As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across countries, informal waste workers were disproportionately affected . A significant proportion of their collection comes from commercial areas. The lockdown had a severe impact on their survival and it is imperative to protect them from getting engulfed in the poverty trap.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In addition to food and economic support, our group identifies mental health, financial planning and child support systems as factors crucial for the overall wellbeing of these workers. We believe our solution will help this vulnerable group recuperate at a better pace, in a much more efficient manner with access to these support systems. Not only will the solution address SDG 11, but will also contribute to SDG 1 (financial planning assistance and mental health support), SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing), SDG 10 (by protecting them in a social safety net, through this network, these communities can help address inequality among lower income groups) and most importantly SDG 17 (by leveraging existing dynamics to facilitate partnerships that provide focused support).
Sustainability and future plans
A web/app-based platform called SafeWasteNet. This platform aims at empowering IWPs on three fronts: 1. Mental Health support: the impact of the pandemic spreads across spheres and in addition to survival-based support (food etc.) it is important that mental health experts facilitate communication with this group to protect and strengthen their wellbeing. This part of the platform will therefore connect NGOs working on mental health, with organizations/NGOs/unions working with IWPs. 2. Financial planning support: The importance of savings surfaces during times of distress. With no/weak education on handling bank accounts, this measure aims at training IWPs to understand and use the banking system, to create a financial system, that can support them in such times. This part of the platform will connect NGOs working on banking education for the poor with IWPs. 3. Social support to children from this group: This arm of the platform focusses on children of IWPs and their wellbeing, by providing books and necessary stationery items, to ensure sustained education and wellbeing. The point of this platform is to leverage existing networks, and channel resources (NGOs working on these three facets) to these workers, so that they are able to get through challenging times such as the pandemic. The platform can be operated by the local administrative public office (MLA in the case of India) or an NGO (voluntary) already working with IWPs.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Abraham Morris Weah is a founder and managing director of sycadi (www.sycadigroup.org) a youth organization working to promote quality education and community development by helping to improve the lives of hundreds of Liberian youth and also He is an entrepreneur. With 8 years of experience in community development, education, advocacy, and entrepreneurship Weah has work with many local and international NGOs and has served as a classroom teacher for over 6 years teaching mathematics, physics, and economy. Weah also served as a technical trainer for the American Peace Corps volunteer under the U.S department of states and education program in Liberia and Weah selected as local pathways fellow 2020 under the UN sustainable development goa