The Cities Alliance Liberia Country Programme
The Liberia Country Programme is implementing two projects on solid waste management (SWM) funded by the European Union that are helping communities develop lasting capacities to collect primary waste and piloting innovative waste-to-energy approaches.
Now in its second year of implementation, the EU-funded Solid Waste Management project has led to improved coverage and effectiveness of SWM through Community Based Enterprises (CBEs). It has also improved awareness of climate change and climate-resilient SWM in informal settlements. In 2019, Cities Alliance completed three feasibility studies that established a baseline and diagnosis of the SWM sector in Greater Monrovia, including the CBE system, and assessed composting and recycling initiatives. By the end of 2019, 30 CBEs in the primary waste collection system were fully operational with reinforced proficiencies in good practice, human resources, and financial management. Since the start of the activity, the number of communities with waste management coverage by CBEs has increased by almost 150%.
The Call for Proposals
Solid waste disposal has become an overwhelming task for the municipal authorities in Monrovia, which face severe constraints in tackling the mounting waste situation. The significant amount of uncollected solid waste within the city poses a major public health hazard. Public-private partnerships are vital to sustain a fully functional service provision in the city.
Cities Alliance has launched three innovative funding opportunities, funded by the European Union, that target Liberia’s urban poor settlements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable energy initiatives and solid waste management. The schemes come in three categories:
- Loans at a minimal interest rate to enable community-based enterprises (CBEs) to expand their services.
- Grants to community-based enterprises and defined organizations in the waste sector such as small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and local organizations and institutions.
- Direct grants to government institutions and local organizations to pilot small-scale renewable energy projects, such as waste-to-energy through biodigesters, the installation of solar lights, and solar panels.