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Bill Gates Foundation To Tackle Solid Waste in Monrovia

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A project, code name Improved Primary Solid Waste Collection in Poor Communities of Monrovia, was launched over the week end at the Monrovia City Corporation. It is a joint project of the Monrovia City Corporation and the Philanthropy Secretariat.

During a press conference held jointly by the two institutions, it was announced that the project will be given the acronym MCC IMPAC Project. According to a release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, the initiative is funded through a commitment of US$5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) under its Global Program for Inclusive Governance (GPIMG).

According to the project document, the MCC will work with community groups and local officials to create a sustainable municipal solid waste management and recycling system. The vision of success for the project states that “Within four and half years, a large proportion of urban poor households in the City of Monrovia would have regular and reliable access to door-to-door waste collection service on a sustainable  basis and waste from the city would hauled away in a systematic manner, leaving the city clean”.

It can be recalled in September 2010; the Gates Foundation announced an effort to tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities: Cairo, Egypt; Luanda, Angola; Lilongwe, Malawi; Monrovia, Liberia; and Harare, Zimbabwe.

The goal of the projects is to foster a productive relationship between city government and the urban poor that can serve as a model for other developing world cities to follow as they seek to address the challenges of urban poverty.

This four and half years “MCC IMPAC” project will increase adequate access to primary waste collection services for the majority of urban poor households and communities, educate households, and increase awareness on proper waste containment practices at the household levels and will also engage in streets naming and numbering as well as house numbering.

The Philanthropy Secretariat’s has been engaging the BMGF in series of discussions via phone as well as supporting the MCC during the development of the “MCC IMPAC” project.

Speaking on behalf of the Monrovia City Corporation Acting Mayor Broh expressed her gratitude to the BMGF for this huge initiative and reassured her support to the implementation of the project. Hon. Davis emphasized the Philanthropy Secretariat’s continued commitment to facilitating support from foundations in sustaining initiatives aligned with the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).

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