Electronic-Waste Circuitry and Value Creation in Accra, Ghana

Richard Grant, Martin Oteng-Ababio

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Based on extensive field research, this chapter assesses electronic-waste processing in Ghana by examining the respective roles of formal and informal enterprises therein. Against this background, recent government efforts to manage e-waste and regularise related industries are reviewed. The authors conclude that government policies are not suitable for the development of this sector and for upgrading e-waste activities, because they largely neglect informals and their critical contribution to the sector. Given the low state of technology available in Ghana and the key role that informal labourers play in e-waste collection and processing, the authors call for a refocus on the informal activities so that informals can operate in better, greener, healthier and safer working conditions that would ultimately produce better outcomes in terms of sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
ISSN (Print)2198-7262
ISSN (Electronic)2198-7270

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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