Business Development Project

World Bank

Project: The Bank was engaged in a proposal to work closely with the waste picking communities in the Philippines to (a) identify their challenges and needs as informal waste reclaimers in obtaining safe, secure, and lucrative livelihood, whether within the waste recycling arena or a cleaner, safer and more securely lucrative arena; (b) identify specific gender and unique challenges and needs; (c) develop bottom-up, locally appropriate actions that would lead to improvements in their lives and livelihoods and enable their optimal economic, safe, and secure social inclusion in integrated waste management; and (d) conduct this work in communication with the other activities on this issue in other countries, allowing opportunities to learn from each other and provide mutual knowledge/experience sharing that might enhance local solutions development. The SGE Immersion team evaluated approaches for engaging the waste recycling industry and the poor worldwide and in the Philippines for purposes of developing alternate livelihood opportunities for waste pickers displaced by landfill modernization efforts.