Management and Valorization of Electronic and Computer Wastes in West Africa (Bénin, Mali, Sénégal)

Because of their undeveloped condition, African countries receive tonnes of second-hand computers and electronic equipment from more advanced countries. More and more voices are calling for legislative and regulatory provisions to deal with the electronic and computer waste thus generated. So far, little is known about the extent of the problem and there is little research available to serve as a basis for persuading decision-makers to address it.

This project will examine the issue of electronic and computer waste and its management, and endeavor to identify feasible and sustainable strategies for valorizing such waste. The project will be carried out in Bénin, Mali and Sénégal by a team that includes junior researchers. It is expected that the involvement of young researchers will not only serve to build research capacity but also to maintain research momentum in this area.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

End Date

Monday, March 7, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 238,385


Benin, Mali, Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Cheikh Diop


Université Cheikh Anta Diop

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