Managing the monster: urban waste and governance in Africa by Adepoju G. Onibokun

By Adepoju G. Onibokun

Coping with the Monster seriously examines city governance in Africa, with specific connection with the intense difficulties and demanding situations posed by way of waste administration. It describes, compares and appraises the events in Abidjan, Dar es Salaam, Ibadan and Johannesburg, characterizing usual sorts of governance and their successes and screw ups in facing the severe challenge of mounting city waste. it's going to curiosity researchers, lecturers, and scholars in African stories and concrete making plans; donor enterprises all over the world engaged on city matters; coverage makers, municipal engineers, urban managers, and concrete planners, particularly in Africa; and environmental and civic NGOs.

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The contractual agreement for the removal of household refuse distinguishes three categories of urban solid waste: All types of household refuse, ash, broken glass or crockery, and all sweepings and residues that are deposited in individual or collective dustbins placed in front of residences or along public roads; Residues from schools, barracks, hospitals, hostels, prisons, and public buildings, assembled in designated locations in prescribed receptacles; and Objects discarded in public places and carcasses of small animals.

Source: Ministry of Environment, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; CRI (1987). Page 14 A good reference study of the management of urban waste identifies four levels of intervention: planning, budgeting, execution, and control. Our analysis of each of the three main categories of waste will successively review The brief history of the management of liquid, solid, and industrial waste; The components of sectoral policies and management mechanisms; The actors and their responsibilities, the perception and exercise of these responsibilities, the competition for influence, the points of friction and their impact on the service rendered, the resources, and the results; and The evaluation of the management system in place and recommendations.

This book attempts to characterize waste-management systems in Africa within the framework of governance. It pursues the governance debate and how it helps us to deepen our understanding of urban problems in Africa. It has six chapters. Chapter 1 is an overview of the governance debate in Africa, focusing on the various ways governance is conceptualized. It concludes that to move the debate forward, we need to operationalize the concepts by applying them to a specific aspect of urban management in Africa — in this case, urban waste.

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