11.3.1 Stakeholders

The term stakeholder refers to any individual or organisation that has a stake or an interest in a programme or activity or is affected by the activity. When it comes to the management of a kebele’s waste, who are the stakeholders? Everybody who lives or works in the kebele is a stakeholder. So are people who visit the kebele for any reason (perhaps relations of residents). The organisations in the kebele are also stakeholders (businesses, commerce, government etc.). If a private sector organisation is involved in providing the service, it too is a stakeholder. The organisations that provide any funding for the ISWM (local and national government, NGOs, aid agencies) are also stakeholders. This is such a wide group because every person, institution, organisation and industry in the kebele generates waste and is affected by the way it is collected, treated and disposed of.

Waste management requires a concerted effort throughout the process of its management and the degree of involvement of stakeholders varies from place to place. So it is necessary to identify stakeholders and their areas of interest and degrees of involvement in waste management (e.g. funding, training, waste collection, recycling etc.).

  • List the stakeholders in waste management in your home village, town or city.

  • Your list will depend on where you live but could include:

    • households, individuals, businesses and other waste producers
    • kebeles and municipalities
    • urban health bureaus
    • micro- and small enterprises
    • city greening, beautification and parks development agencies
    • private sector organisations engaged in waste collection, transfer and transport
    • korales
    • waste pickers
    • dealers who buy and trade in recyclable wastes
    • end-user industries that buy recyclables
    • NGOs.

One of the main challenges of ISWM is coordinating the stakeholders and getting them to work together for a common goal. So those working in waste management need to be able to work with the various stakeholders and help them to agree the way forward. Participation by the community members in planning and decision making is especially important because their cooperation and a positive attitude to recycling and reuse will be essential.

11.3  The components of ISWM

11.3.2 Influencing factors