Selection process is closed!

8 project teams will start piloting their innovative solutions in 15 countries worldwide

Selection process is closed!

In a Call for Solutions the PREVENT Waste Alliance was searching for innovative and sustainable solutions that contribute to a circular economy in low- and middle-income countries, with a special focus on projects that mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or strengthen systems against future crises. The call was closed on 26 June 2020. Out of 51 project proposals, the Secretariat together with the Steering Committee and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as commissioning ministry, selected 8 pilots, which were announced during the General Assembly in December 2020.

These are the selected solutions.

In line with the PREVENT Waste Alliance´s overall objective, the solutions shall contribute to minimising waste, eliminating pollutants and maximising the reutilisation of resources by combining the expertise of multiple PREVENT Waste Alliance members. The solutions shall address the particular needs of low- and middle-income countries to develop self-sustaining waste management and circular economy approaches.

The selected pilot projects should therefore achieve tangible impacts on:

  • Waste prevention
  • Reuse/Refurbishment
  • Recycling
  • Institutional and human capacity building
  • Awareness raising
  • Regulatory frameworks.

Project 1:


Creating value in plastics through digital technology

Creating value in plastics through digital technology

The project enables a transition towards a socially inclusive circular plastics economy by digitising the plastics value chain from collection to production. Plastic waste is retrieved from the environment by setting up a waste collection system through a local partner in Indonesia. Plastic Bank’s blockchain technology and app ensures secure and fair payment of waste collectors and increases the volume of recycled plastic by incentivising waste recovery. The recycled plastics are then offered globally on the cirplus digital marketplace. Plastic Banks’ Blockchain App and cirplus’ marketplace provide easy access for brand owners to source ethically recycled material – paying a premium price to raise local living standards.
The uniqueness of the project consists in the creation of an ethical recycling ecosystem with access to global demand via a digital marketplace. It can provide Indonesia with a socially and environmentally sustainable framework within which waste collection, recycling and education can take place long-term. With appropriate working conditions and payment not often guaranteed to waste collectors and recyclers, the project addresses a key waste management issue. By incentivising proper collection and recycling, it supports the development of a resilient circular economy and could serve as a pilot for replication in other developing nations.

Project partners:

Plastic Bank
cirplus GmbH
Local Indonesian organisation (tbd)

Photo: Plastic Bank 2019

Project 2:

Mexico, India, Vietnam & Brazil

Plastic Credits for inclusive & transparent circularity

Plastic Credits for inclusive & transparent circularity

The aim of the project is to establish Plastic Credits (compensation payments) as a robust market mechanism, linking formal and informal waste recovery and recycling projects worldwide with companies and investors willing to support these project activities through performance-based payments and ensure their long-term financial sustainability.

The project consists of 4 components, in which instruments and approaches are developed and tested in different countries to demonstrate the effectiveness of a Plastic Credits System and to establish an international independent process standard for an inclusive recycling economy for plastics:

  1. Development of a process standard (ValuCred) for the transparent calculation, verification and validation of plastic credits (India and Vietnam).
  2. Establishment of a scientific framework and benchmarks for the environmental impact assessment of Plastic Credits projects (India).
  3. Local collectors/recyclers are supported in achieving global market standards and offering materials through a global marketplace (Mexico).
  4. Pilot the concept of performance-based payments for environmental services to further establish and improve the platform of the Circular Action Hub (Brazil).

Project partners:

Component 1 – Yunus Environment Hub, Rodiek GmbH, BlackForest Solutions, Zero Plastic Waste Cities in India and Vietnam
Component 2 – Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, rePurpose Global, local social enterprises in India
Component 3 – Entreamigos, BV Rio Circular Action Hub, cirplus GmbH
Component 4 – BV Rio Circular Action Hub, waste picker cooperatives in Brazil

Photo: Entreamigos, rePurpose Global, Yunus Environment Hub

Project 3:

Serbia & Bosnia Herzegovina

Enhancing awareness and employment through recyling

Enhancing awareness and employment through recyling

In this project, recycling shall be enhanced in Serbia while at the same time vulnerable groups are supported with legal employment. Additionally, the general public in Serbia and Bosnia is informed about waste management and reduction.
Therefore, Help Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V. will connect a SME/ company in Serbia with a waste management and recycling expert from Germany. Both will be identified via tender procedures, following a detailed specification of the respective terms of reference.
With the access to the expertise of the German recycling company, a business plan and an option for a recycling stream in regards to (hazardous) non-food plastics will be developed for the SME, including identification of the respective technical equipment, mandatory skills and standard operating procedures.
At the same time, Help will identify informal waste collectors (IWC) or persons from vulnerable groups, which will be employed through the recycling company. This group will be trained in handling (hazardous) non-food plastic waste and equipped with personal protective and working tools.
Furthermore, with regard to the overall waste reduction, an awareness campaign on plastic waste will be developed and launched in Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia. Besides the sensitisation of the population about plastic waste and its impact on the environment, it will also provide access to the information about recycling centers that receive waste and even hazardous waste.

Project partners:

Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V.
Private company (tbd)
Local Help offices and SME (tbd)

Photo: Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V.

Project 4:


E-waste Compensation as an international financing mechanism in Nigeria (ECoN)

E-waste Compensation as an international financing mechanism in Nigeria (ECoN)

The project main objective is to advance the concept of ‘waste compensation’ where international brands and users of electrical and electronic equipment can contribute to a sound management of equivalent e-waste volumes in developing countries.
Sub-objectives are:

  1. Advance an existing solution for waste Li-ion batteries in a compensation scheme in Nigeria to achieve more local value-addition.
  2. Develop a sound and efficient solution for waste flat panel displays in an e-waste compensation scheme in Nigeria.
  3. Work out balanced and widely accepted comparison criteria to ensure that managed e-waste volumes are at least equivalent to the stated claims.

Project partners:

Öko-Institut e.V.
Closing the Loop
Local partner (tbd)

Photo: Closing the Loop

Project 5:


E-nnovating Quito: Sustainable e-waste management supported by collect-and-learn vehicles

E-nnovating Quito: Sustainable e-waste management supported by collect-and-learn vehicles

In 2019, up to 99 thousand tons of e-waste were generated in Ecuador, of which less than 3% has been processed by formal recycling companies. Against this background, the project’s goal is to design and implement the first e-waste collection scheme in Ecuador. The mobile collection units, which will serve the whole city of Quito, will at the same time function as learning centers for e-waste management. We believe that this innovative double function is an effective way not only to increase the collecting rates, but also to reach and engage citizens and thus to create a greater positive impact. The collectors will be integrated to an app, so the residents can track the collection routes and will not only receive educational content on-site but also online. Based on the experiences, the project seeks to collect useful data, formulating policy recommendations to incorporate the normative of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on city level – helping to replicate it elsewhere and/or to other waste streams.

Project partners:

Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito (Secretariat of Environment)
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy
Cyclos GmbH

Photo: Vertmonde

Project 6:


ReduCE-waste: Controlling e-waste imports into Tanzania

ReduCE-waste: Controlling e-waste imports into Tanzania

The Tanzanian Government addressed the need to reduce and control imports of e-waste with Used Electronic and Electrical Equipment (UEEE) into the country. The project therefore aims at analysing these imports and implementing the Basel Convention technical guidelines in Tanzania. The implemented UEEE/e-waste control and management system will be pilot tested at import points of UEEE/e-waste to ensure that the approach is realistic, practicable, enforceable. The system can, via EACO, serve as a template for other countries in the East African region. The Tanzanian Government considers the findings from the import assessment as an innovative contribution to the implementation of an e-waste management system based on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

Project partners:

World Resources Forum
National Environment Management Council (NEMC)
East African Communications Organisation (EACO)

Photo: Pixabay | Michael Gaida

Project 7:

Jordan, Egypt, Morocco & Algeria

German-MENA university network for waste management and circular economy

German-MENA university network for waste management and circular economy

The project ‘GERMAN-MENA University network group for waste management and circular economy’ aims at establishing a network through collaboration between German and MENA-region universities. The long-term objective is to obtain qualified personal staff in the political, regulatory, municipal and private sector. The network will focus on transferring practical experience through developing comprehensive courses on the state-of-art technologies. This will be achieved through establishing a comprehensive online-based teaching program about waste management and circular economy. The learning objectives will be based on an analysis of the current situation in the target countries and the stakeholders’ needs. Hence, the knowledge-transfer will meet the needs and face challenges in the field of waste and waste management in the target countries. All in all, by the activities of the project, a sustainable capacity building for graduates and decision-makers will be achieved. The study program will involve German enterprises and private companies for the aim of exposing students to real-life case studies in the waste management sector. The joint supervision of students’ theses will focus on the challenges faced by the local municipalities.

Project partners:

University of Rostock
Hamburg University of Technology
Technische Universität Dresden
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco)
Constantine University 3 (Algeria)

Photo: University of Rostock

Project 8:


Guideline for organic waste treatment in East Africa

Guideline for organic waste treatment in East Africa

Development of a legal, technical, and economic guideline for actors and decision-makers in Ethiopia and neighboring regions for handling and treatment of organic wastes in urban and rural areas.

Project partners:

German Biomass Researc Centre (DBFZ)
Local and international partners (tbd)

Photo: Pixabay

Who could apply?

Members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance (private sector, public entities, academia, civil society organisations) in cooperation with local organisations in partner countries of German development cooperation.


Financial contribution

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), via the PREVENT Waste Alliance Secretariat (GIZ), will support pilot projects through financial contributions which range between 100,000 EUR and 200,000 EUR per contract partner.

A non-profit organisation is eligible to apply for the call for solutions if it is a public-law institution, an organisation recognised as charitable or if its activities have a charitable purpose. Note that organisations in low- and middle-income countries are categorised as non-profit if their project has a developmental impact or their activities are charitable.

A for-profit organisation is eligible to apply for the call for solutions if it is a registered private sector company (German, international, local and regional companies in the partner country) that finances, plans and implements a partnership project with a developmental impact.

Pilot project criteria

  • At least two PREVENT members and one local partner involved.
  • Responsibilities of each team member/partnering organisation must be clearly defined, showing that sufficient human and technical capacity are available in the team to implement the project.
  • Pilot projects may consist of several contracts, either with GIZ or as sub-contracts amongst members.


  • Clear description of expected results in terms of the project´s contribution to the objective of the PREVENT Waste Alliance and its working groups.
  • Innovative, integrated approach taking into account:
    • development cooperation priorities (such as crisis resilience, employment, involvement of the informal sector, gender)
    • the needs and characteristics of the partner country and beneficiaries of the project
    • scalability of the project.
  • Concept notes should refer to partner countries of German development cooperation, including, but not limited to the following country list:
    • Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Morocco
    • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam
    • Latin America: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru
    • Europe: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldavia, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Reflection on potential limits of pilot project, including challenges and sustainability risks during and after its implementation.

Based on the legal entity of project team members, different contract options are available once a pilot project has been selected:

Non-profit organisations can either be direct contract partners of GIZ or sub-contracted by another (profit or non-profit) project team member. If contracted by GIZ:

  • An assessment of the administrative eligibility of the potential recipient organisation will take place. This involves an assessment on the organisation’s legal form, the public-benefit status, the accounting system, the contract award procedures, the internal and external controls and previous experience.
  • A project description and a detailed budget plan must be submitted.

For-profit organisations can either be direct contract partners of GIZ or sub-contracted by another (profit or non-profit) project team member.

The following scenarios are possible:

  • If the private company/ies can provide an own financial or in-kind contribution of at least 50% of the project costs a development partnership can be established between GIZ and the private company/ies and the company/ies will be asked to submit a project description and detailed budget plan.
  • Measures which are implemented by for-profit organisations without an own contribution must always go through a tender process. Note that this is also the case if sub-contracted by another project team member. The short concept note will be openly published for applicants to submit their technical and financial offer.



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May-June 2020

Deadline for applications is 26 June 2020. The PREVENT Waste Alliance Secretariat offers digital FAQ sessions, provides advice to project teams and offers different exchange formats.

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July 2020

The Secretariat, in close collaboration with the steering committee and BMZ, as commissioning ministry, selects solutions for implementation.

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As of August 2020

Selected project teams are informed and asked to submit more detailed project descriptions and budget plans. GIZ prepares contracts according to the recipient organisation and internal procurement and contracting regulations.

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December 2020

The selected pilot projects are officially launched by the German Development Minister and presented by the project teams during the general assembly.


Until June 2022

Project implementation can start upon contracting and must end no later than June 2022.