firm to conduct research on and map the contribution of Informal Waste Pickers
(IWP) on Danang’s waste management system
Da Nang is
implementing the Resolution 204/NQ-HDND dated 19/12/2018 by the City People’s
Council on domestic solid waste management and Decision 1577/QD-UBND dated
11/4/2019 by the City People’s Committee on promulgating the Plan on domestic
solid waste segregation in Da Nang to 2025.
Accelerator Labs (AccLab) were created globally to re-imagine development for
the 21st century – and do so at an unprecedented scale by tapping into the
relationships, resources, and the expertise of UNDP and its partners. UNDP
AccLab in Vietnam has partnered with Danang City, and more specifically
Danang’s Department of Natural Resource (DONRE) to tackle Danang’s
environmental pollution. Based on this partnership, in 2019 the team carried
out an ethnographic research on different waste management stakeholders in Da
Nang and found that the informal waste pickers (IWP) have been a big and
integral part of the waste management system (more in our blog). However, they
have not been recognized by the government, nor included in any current and
future waste management plans of the City.
the important role of these IWPs in the waste management system, AccLab wants
to create an experiment to understand and visualize the contribution of IWPs in
Da Nang, ie, how their work impacts the current waste management system, as
well as to gather necessary data for policy advocacy with the City’s
government. Therefore, UNDP is seeking a national organization to support with
Da Nang is a
class-1 municipality and the fifth largest city in Viet Nam in terms of
population (with over 1.1 million people). Located on the coast of Viet Nam and
the mouth of the Han River, it is one of Viet Nam’s most important port cities.
Da Nang is one of the five direct-controlled municipalities and is under the
direct administration of the central government.
Da Nang has
a higher urbanization ratio than any of Viet Nam’s other provinces or centrally
governed cities. It is also one of the most beautiful coastal cities of Viet Nam
and has abundant potential for tourism.
objective of the national firm is to map out the activities of IWPs in Da
Nang. The scope includes but not limited to the following:
Together with Acclab team design the detail of the experiment using the
Collective Intelligence approach.
● Research and collect data of IWPs. The data will be mainly about how many IWPs operate in a given area?, which areas/routes that waste pickers cover, what type of waste they collect and why, how much of recyclables they collect each day, the way they deal with the valuable waste, who/where do IWPs sell their recyclable waste to? map out collection and consolidation centers (that buy from IWPs); how do these IWPs work? Individuals or collectively? full time or part time? how much they are able to earn, collect their feedback on what would improve their work, etc.
IWPs in mapping out illegal dumping sites in their routes.
and present the data in a visual map and report. Potentially using open-sourced
mapping tools or other related methods.
policies on how to best facilitate the work of IWPs and integrate them in the
waste management system of Da Nang.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
1. At least
25 IWPs in Da Nang are involved in the experiment.
2. A map of
these IWPs’ activities and characteristics.
3. A map
of collection and consolidation centers that buy recyclables from these
4. A map of
illegal dump sites along with the IWPs’ routes.
5. A report
on IWP activities and characteristics in Da Nang, which include policy
proposals on how to deal with/integrate IWPs in the overall waste management
system of Da Nang.
Institutional Arrangement The firm will report to the Accelerator Lab team in
Duration of the Work The firm is required to work during April – May of 2020.
The consultancy expense includes field trips within Da Nang.
Unit UNDP Vietnam 304 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi, Vietnam