The IWPAR Project

Presentation and Objective

Popular waste pickers in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Popular waste pickers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam © Enda 2011

The IWPAR Project (Project for Informal Waste Pickers And Recyclers) was established since 2011 in Europe and together with its partners Enda Océan Indien, Enda Colombia, Enda Ethiopia and Enda Vietnam.

The 3 year project (2011-2013) is co-financed by the European Commission and aims to promote the protection and inclusion of popular collectors and recyclers of waste in Colombia, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Vietnam.

At the national level, IWPAR are composed of several thousand people and are sometimes referred to as récupérateurs, ramasseurs, recycleurs, chiffonniers in France, catadores in Brazil, recicladores in Spanish speaking countries, waste pickers/scavengers in English speaking countries etc...

This project is about including people who find themselves on the margins of society, reinforcing their organizational abilities, valuing their profession, and giving them access to adequate and long-lasting social protection.

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Colombia

Women recyclers who belong to the Bogota Recyclers Women recyclers who belong to the Bogota Recyclers Association in a sorting plant called "la bodega Pennsylvania" © enda 2011

Ethiopia

Waste pickers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Waste pickers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia © enda 2011

Madagascar

Women waste collectors in a neighbourhood of Antananarivo Women waste collectors in a neighbourhood of Antananarivo, proudly holding up their trophy awarded to them by city officials © enda 2011

Vietnam

Women popular waste collectors in Ho Chi Minh City Women popular waste collectors in Ho Chi Minh City © enda 2011

The Enda network and urban solid waste management

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Enda has an expertise of more than 30 years in the organization of pre-collection systems, sorting and waste recycling at the least cost, the creation of jobs in Colombia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal and Ethiopia, and the promotion of the integration of popular workers through local organizations in municipal management of waste.

Enda’s approach to urban waste management is covered by integrating all aspects of sustainable development: the environment (protection of ecosystems, environmental education, waste reduction, appropriate environmental technology), social and cultural (human rights, improvement of housing, access to basic social services, social protection, local governance, participation, cohesion, representations, conflict management) and economic (supply chains and revenue-generating waste collection services, sorting, recycling, urban agriculture, management of green spaces, cleanliness).

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Our financial partners

European Commission German Ministry of Education Research French Ministry of Employment (CNASEA) Geneva Third World RAJA Fondation Grupo Familia Fondation Logo CDC Solidarity Developpement Logo

European Commission, German Ministry of Education, Research, French Ministry of Employment (CNASEA), Geneva Third World,
the Raja Foundation, the Grupo Familia Fondation and the CDC Solidarity Developpement association.