From 27 February to 2 March 2018, BORDA Zambia hosted an internal knowledge exchange and capacity development training for members of our staff from Zambia and Lesotho on how to implement the Cleanest Community Programme.
The main objective of the Cleanest Community Programme (CCP), pioneered in Dar es Salaam by BORDA Tanzania, is to motivate communities, local authorities and the government to increase awareness, capacity and accountability for the management of solid waste.
Conducted by Joyce Musira, coordinator of BORDA Tanzania’s Social Governance Department, the training aimed to transfer knowledge gained from successful CCP implementations in Tanzania and adapt the programme to local contexts in Zambia and Lesotho. Training components included solid waste situational analyses from Zambia and Lesotho, local government/community self-selection processes, local government and leader capacity development on decentralised solid waste management (DESWAM), and a site visit to the Lusaka City Council (LCC) landfill. In addition, the team was honoured to meet with LCC’s head of Public Health, who provided insight on the government’s solid waste management efforts and the challenges encountered in managing the dumpsite.
In 2017, BORDA Zambia started a partnership process with Lusaka City Council to pilot and implement the CCP. The department in charge of solid waste management (Public Health & Social Services) under LCC has welcomed the proposal and has made a budget submission to the council under its awareness-raising programme. In this context, the BORDA Tanzania training was a timely opportunity for the Zambian team, acting as LCC’s implementation partner, to gain an in-depth understanding of the CCP’s functional components.
In Zambia, proper solid waste management presents a big challenge. Contributing factors include inadequate infrastructure, equipment and financial resources as well as a lack of community participation in waste management decision-making. The result is that most communities are plagued with piles of waste, clogged drainages, increased illegal dumping, and outbreaks of diseases.
After the recent cholera outbreak in Lusaka, government officials and other key stakeholders are looking for an inclusive, lasting solution that can help prevent disease outbreaks. The emphasis: taking behavioural change into consideration at all levels from the government to the communities. Behavioural change is a long process that can be triggered by a programme such as CCP. Implementing CCP in Lusaka will go a long way in addressing the current challenges of poorly managed waste and at the same time empower communities to take ownership of their own environment. Communities will gain knowledge of solid waste handling, the environmental and social impacts of solid waste, and the value of reuse and recycling to make their surroundings more liveable.
The CCP is an incentive that triggers community behavior change. Joyce Musira from BORDA Tanzania conducted a training on its application in solid waste management.
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