Gender Dimension in Solid Waste Management in Urban and Periurban Areas (Latin America and the Caribbean)

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) an estimated 300 million city dwellers generate 225 000 tons of solid waste every day (Pan. American Health Organization, 2004). The number of people living off solid waste is growing rapidly.

This action-research project aims to increase understanding of how women are involved in solid waste management and how they differ from men in dealing with it. The research will be carried out in four cities: Cochabamba (Bolivia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Lima (Peru) and Montevideo (Uruguay). Researchers will examine the gender dimension in solid waste management in terms of income, social inequities, environmental improvements, cultural factors and the nature of solid waste management involvement. They will identify best gender equity practices, prepare guidelines for municipal policymakers and disseminate the project results through policy documents and peer-reviewed articles.

The project is expected to demonstrate that increased gender equality will not only reduce poverty but also improve the local environment.

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Start Date

Monday, February 2, 2009

End Date

Thursday, August 2, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ubal Giordano, Walter

Total funding

CA$ 575,000


Bolivia, South America, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, North and Central America


Climate Change

Project Leader

Gustavo Riofrío


Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo - DESCO

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