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WE3 Analysis of the Solid Waste Management and Recycling Sector

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Banyan Global implemented the global Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) task order, awarded through the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. With the direction of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (E3/GenDev), Banyan Global provided advisory services to stakeholders to better analyze, design, implement, and monitor interventions addressing women’s economic empowerment and equality constraints and opportunities in support of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.

Through WE3 TA, Banyan Global collaborated with USAID/E3/GenDev and USAID/E3/Land and Urban (E3/LU) to conduct a WE3-specific gender analysis to better understand opportunities, challenges, context, and innovative ways to strengthen and integrate WE3 in the solid waste management and recycling sector. The analysis was global in its scope, with a specific focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Five countries within that region were selected for a country-level analysis: El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. The research team piloted Banyan Global’s WE3 analytical tools and finalized findings and recommendations into a global report.

By driving the international donor community agenda and setting WE3 as a priority within solid waste management and recycling, USAID is helping countries further their path to self-reliance, while preserving the oceans and creating long-term pathways for women’s economic empowerment. In support of these efforts, Banyan Global joined USAID and International Union for Conservation and Nature for a webinar on integrating gender into urban service delivery on July 17, 2019. Banyan Global presented findings and recommendations of the WE3 solid waste management and recycling gender analysis during the webinar and presented them again in person at the International Solid Waste Association World Congress in October 2019 and the World Urban Forum in February 2020.

View the full report, global factsheet, and Latin America and Caribbean factsheet.