Identification and dissemination of technologies and practices for the transition to a circular economy in Côte d’Ivoire

How can Côte d’Ivoire successfully transition to a circular economy?

Rapid population growth in in Côte d’Ivoire, combined with rapid urbanisation, is leading to high consumption of natural resources and a significant increase in waste. Waste management is one of the major problems for cities and regions leading to environmental degradation, threats to public health and increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Government through the Directorate of Green Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility (DEVRSO) has formulated the request for the transition to a circular economy for the management of solid waste streams that will contribute to reducing GHG emissions in the waste sector. However, the transition to a circular economy is still hampered by a set of obstacles related mainly to a lack of knowledge, the absence of a specific institutional framework and governance, a lack of funding and an educational deficit. In addition, there is insufficient coordination between the different stakeholders in the field and many activities still take place informally due to the lack of governance. Finally, the circular economy is not yet widely integrated into educational curricula in Côte d’Ivoire, which leaves great potential for youth employment and the development of green jobs.

The overarching goal is the development of a waste stream specific circular economy roadmap and the improvement of educational programmes that integrate the circular economy into curricula.


The project will include:

  • a status quo analysis of waste management and the circular economy for selected waste streams in Côte d’Ivoire;
  • a multi-criteria analysis to prioritize a waste stream with the highest circular economy potential;
  • an analysis of the circularity potential of the prioritized waste stream;
  • development of a circular economy roadmap for the prioritized waste stream; and
  • integration of circular economy knowledge and practices in educational curricula.

The project will be led by Trinomics in collaboration with ACEN Foundation and CEFACL and is funded by the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN –