Saturday, July 20, 2024

UNDP Innovation Challenge To Provide Sustainable Waste Management Solutions


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched an innovation call to support ground-breaking start-ups and Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) that will change the management and recycling of the waste in the cities of Lusaka and Ndola.

According to a statement released by the UNDP, Resident Representative, Mr. Lionel Laurens, has highlighted that the multi-faceted challenges in waste management have grave impacts on human health and the environment, causing diseases such as cholera, dysentery and pollution, as well as water, air, soil or land contamination, the proliferation of pests and vermin and the loss of aesthetic beauty.

Acknowledging the important role played by youths and their potential impact and contribution to sustainable development, Mr Laurens said that there is an urgent need to address such challenges by giving young innovators opportunity to provide sustainable solutions to waste management challenges, which in turn through this Call, will contribute to durable employment creation for the youth, especially females and improve green income-generating opportunities in the sector”.

This Innovation Call is open to all Zambian youths aged between 18 – 35, with 50% of grants specifically earmarked to young women, in Lusaka and/or Ndola while focusing on devising sustainable and innovative solutions to the challenges of waste recycling beyond the life of the catalytic funding made available.

The innovation must be new to the targeted city, Lusaka or Ndola.

The Call targets 10 successful individuals or small companies to receive a challenge prize amounting up to USD 4,000 to support the implementation of their proposal.

In addition, these individuals or companies will be matched to a corresponding business development support and mentorship program to enhance their skills and growth capacity.

According to the LCC-WMU Final Report of 2014, only 36% of total waste generated in Lusaka is collected while a study of Ndola in 2014 by the International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Services, Solid Waste Management: A Case Study of Ndola, revealed the problems facing the local Council to collect waste despite 80% of residents in medium density areas willingness to pay for waste collection.

This leads to burning or disposing of waste illegally in drains and open areas without any attempt to recycling, causing visual nuisances as well as land and air pollution.

To apply, applicants can access the Google Form on the following link: or


  1. UPND knows how to think, this is why our Heritage Party decided to take 10 years break and give room for UPND to clean up the PF trash of people.

  2. We have been calling in GRZ to introduce and environmental awareness programme in all primary schools in Zambia.
    More than 90 % of all adults in Zambia pass through our primary education system.

    The programme will cover pollution, waiste disposal , conservation of our forests and minerals , nationalism and being patriotic , all in their basic formats.

    After introduction, by the time those in primary school finish , you will notice big differences in cleanliness , conservation and patriotism on our streets.

  3. The comments show that UPND cadres will post favourable comments on any article which portrays UPND in good light no matter what. Cadres saw U and immediately started commenting, Well it is UNDP working hand in hand with the PF,

  4. Bet most of that is waste from Europe and the UK.

    People need protective wear a machinery to effectively deal with that on a large scale.

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