Solid Waste (GCMF)

Geef de Kinderen van Mpongwe een Toekomst (GKMT) & In2Afrika

The In2Afrika Foundation takes it as her mission to provide customized support to its selected, small-scale development projects across the African continent and thereby, as inseparable from the support provided to influence the Western perception of Africa positively.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for 4-5 excellent (but mostly highly motivated) students, with good knowledge of the English language. Students of all academic backgrounds are allowed to apply. However, for this project we are especially looking for students with backgrounds or special interest in:

  • – Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
  • – Sustainable Business
  • – Industrial design and engineering
  • – Communications

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project details

What: Maping the regional material and waste flows and devising ways to re-use these flows in new products. Additionally a business plan has to be formulated

When: Preparation Phase: October – June
Implementation Phase: 6-8 weeks in July/August

Where: Mpongwe, Copperbelt, Zambia

About the project

The amount of garbage that Afrika produces has grown enormously. A lot of the garbage that ends in nature also has a lot of potential as a material for other products. This observation, and the aim to come to a solution that is embedded in the idea of a circular economy, is at the heart of the Solid Waste project. Together with our local project partner in Mpongwe, GCMF, we will be working with In2Afrika for their guidance, support and vision for the project.


This will be a multi-year project in which our first year the objective for the project team is diverse. First of all, the regional material and waste flows have to be mapped. Once this has been completed, an overview of multiple technical processes (inspired by existing, open source initiatives) have to be set up. The most promising will be developed further so that they are incorporated in current material/waste flows and produce new products. This second part, the development and implementation, has to be accompanied with a business plan. This business plan will incorporate the logistics of the collection of discarded material and waste, the allocation (and marketing) of these products and knowledge transfer to local (schoolgoing) individuals. To achieve this, we are especially looking for students from all backgrounds.


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