RRR Accelerator

E-waste makes up an increasing proportion of municipal waste and leads to a growing amount of toxic substances in local waste streams. Concepts for repair, refurbishment and reuse of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) reduce the negative impact on the environment by extending product lifetime, closing resource loops and optimising resource efficiency, while providing a range of social and economic benefits.


About the RRR Accelerator

The RRR Accelerator supports NGOs and private companies that want to start an innovative project to promote the reuse, refurbishment and repair (RRR) of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in low- and middle-income countries.

The programme received over 140 applications. Five winners were selected through a rigorous selection process including due diligence and idea pitching sessions.

Selected organisations will receive funding between €10,000 and €20,000 as well as tailored non-financial support in the preparation and implementation of their project idea. They will implement their projects to promote the reuse, refurbishment and repair of electrical and electronic equipment between May and September 2022.

The PREVENT Waste Alliance and adelphi congratulate the organisations selected to participate in the RRR Accelerator programme!

Selected participants and projects

  • Doko Recyclers (Nepal): The Repair Revolution Workshop (RRW) is a 4-8 session program that will teach and train 100 secondary to Bachelors level students from 5 governmental schools in Kathmandu Valley on proper dismantling, repairing, and refurbishment by encouraging experimentation at the Doko Recyclers Repair Lab.
  • Innova Ambiental (Colombia): The idea of the project is to reuse lithium batteries from electric vehicles that have been discarded and remanufacture them into rechargeable batteries for applications in e.g. stationary solar home energy systems.
  • SUCATA QUÂNTICA (Brazil): The project will develop an upcycling demonstration and engagement facility (named Scrap Lab 2), fully equipped with toolkits, manuals, and spare parts for conducting workshops of EEE reuse anywhere.
  • Vertmonde (Ecuador): The project intends to develop and test equipment and software for educational robotic kits using parts and components from e-waste. This will be accompanied with data destruction, as well as the set up of a repair and refurbish laboratory to support RRR roll out in existing operations with importers/wholesalers.
  • Inno-Neat (Kenya): The project re-uses lithium ion batteries to make new refurbished battery packs for solar energy storage and e-mobility purposes.

Lessons Learned from the RRR Accelerator programme

During the Circular Solutions Festival of the PREVENT Waste Alliance in September 2022, the winners of the RRR Accelerator shared their experiences in implementing repair, refurbishment and reuse (RRR) projects in different countries and industries, as well as lessons learned that are relevant for similar projects.

Watch the video of the session on YouTubeSolutions to E-Waste: Lessons Learned from the RRR Pilot Projects



Benefits for participants

  • Up to €20.000 of funding
  • Exclusive access to peer learning and capacity building sessions
  • Expert coaching and mentoring
  • Individual project- and spending plan development support
  • Professional marketing and outreach support




The RRR Accelerator is implemented by adelphi and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is part of the Innovate & PREVENT programme of the PREVENT Waste Alliance.