This year has seen the launch of a regular solid waste collection service in four pilot districts of Mogadishu: Hamarweyne, Hamarjajab, Waberi, and Shingani. The initial stages of the door-to-door collection service were supported by extensive awareness-raising campaigns, including street theatre productions, radio soap operas, and megaphone campaigns. In addition to mass clean-up operations, an environmental decree was introduced that banned the irresponsible disposal of waste, and training was provided to waste collectors and staff of the regional administration’s sanitation department. All waste collectors received protective tools and gear, and were vaccinated against hepatitis B and tetanus.
Since this introductory phase, the project’s public-private partners participated in a study visit to Nairobi where they met with waste collection companies. In addition, the services of a business and financial expert were engaged to support business development. The success and sustainability of the collection service is looking promising, with all partners fully engaged. A new degree of commitment and ownership is surfacing to counteract the challenging post-conflict environment of Mogadishu.