Let’s get to know the GreenVETAfrica Partners better!
- Can you tell us a bit more about your role in the GreenVETAfrica project?
Asociacion Mundus based (MUNDUS) in Spain, (not-for-profit), with a wealth of experience Erasmus+ programme and with an established network of VET providers across Africa.
The role of Mundus in GVA is multifaceted, encompassing several key objectives. Firstly, Mundus is responsible for supporting risk management activities (WP1) by identifying potential hazards and developing strategies to mitigate risk in the waste management industry.
Secondly, Mundus is tasked with identifying green waste management vocational education and training (VET) programs in Europe (WP2). This involves conducting a thorough analysis of existing programs and curricula, as well as identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement.
Thirdly, Mundus plays a crucial role in the implementation of the Train-The-Trainers and VET program through carefully structured training that promotes a paradigm shift towards environmentally sustainable practices. These training programs aim to improve applicants’ employability and open up opportunities for exploration in the environmental sector towards circularity (WP3).
Finally, Mundus is responsible for measuring the impact of the project activities (WP5). This involves evaluating the effectiveness of the various initiatives implemented throughout the project and assessing their contribution towards achieving the project’s overall objectives. By closely monitoring progress and identifying areas for improvement, Mundus can ensure that the project remains on track and that its outcomes are sustainable and impactful.
- What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the waste management sector in Africa?
The waste management sector in Africa faces a number of challenges, but one of the biggest challenges is inadequate infrastructure and resources for effective waste collection, treatment, and disposal. Many African cities lack sufficient waste collection vehicles, landfill sites, and recycling facilities, leading to widespread dumping of waste in open areas, water bodies, and on the streets. This not only creates health and environmental hazards but also contributes to the spread of diseases.
Another challenge facing the waste management sector in Africa is the lack of awareness and education among the public about proper waste disposal and recycling practices. Many people are not aware of the negative impact that improper waste disposal has on the environment and public health, and may not have access to information on how to dispose of waste responsibly.
In addition, limited funding and inadequate regulatory frameworks for waste management also pose significant challenges to the sector. Many African countries have limited financial resources to invest in waste management infrastructure and programs, and the regulatory frameworks for waste management may not be robust enough to effectively regulate the sector.
- What do you think is going to be the biggest long term impact of the project?
In the GVA project we are addressing the above mentioned challenges, which will require a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing investment in waste management infrastructure and programs, improving public awareness and education and training on proper waste disposal practices. Through the project activities we will be strengthening the educational institutions and their related stakeholders in the field of green waste management, improving their capacity for teaching and training in the field, while at the same time enhancing the dialogue with the local stakeholders in order to achieve a larger impact.
- What do you think is the added value of addressing the Waste Management Industry’s issues through an international cooperation project?
An international cooperation project can provide a platform for experts from different countries to share their knowledge and experiences on waste management. This can help identify innovative solutions and best practices that can be adapted and implemented in other countries. Another advantage is the access to funding and resources that may not be available domestically. This can help countries improve their waste management infrastructure and programs and address the challenges they face.
Furthermore, international cooperation projects can foster collaboration and partnerships among countries, governments, and stakeholders in the waste management industry. This can help build networks and relationships that can support ongoing efforts to improve waste management long term.
Overall, an international cooperation project can provide a holistic approach to addressing the waste management industry’s challenges by bringing together different perspectives, expertise, and resources. This can help build stronger, more resilient waste management systems that are better equipped to meet the needs of communities and protect the environment.