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Informal waste workers on Lagos dumpsites: analysis of gender difference in sources of livelihood

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posted on 2018-06-21, 15:30 authored by Adeola Obadina, Julie Fisher, M. Sohail (Khan)
Lagos, a city in southwest Nigeria, has been identified as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. The problem of waste management has led to various initiatives to tackle the mounting heaps of waste in Nigeria’s cities. The government has supported the introduction of the private sector in waste collection. However, the process of solid waste management does not stop with waste collection. With the gap created in the waste management process, transportation of waste to dump sites provides the informal waste sector with a source of livelihood. This paper reports on fieldwork that incorporates observation, and qualitative research methods. The findings reveal gender differences in the livelihoods available to women in the informal waste sector, specifically focusing on waste scavengers, based on tool usage and waste specialization.



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OBADINA, A., FISHER, J. and SOHAIL, M., 2015. Informal waste workers on Lagos dumpsites: analysis of gender difference in sources of livelihood. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene services beyond 2015 - Improving access and sustainability: Proceedings of the 38th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 27-31 July 2015, 5pp.


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