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CWG - Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management

Networking, advocacy, capacity building and knowledge sharing for improved solid waste management

The CWG is an informal network of various actors - individuals and institutions - interested in and working for improvements in solid waste management in the context of developing countries. The network evolved out of a donor coordination and state-of-the-art review conference in Ittigen, Switzerland in 1995, which was followed by a series of international workshops organized by a changing and diverse array of actors from different organizations: 1996 in Washington and Cairo, 1998 in Belo Horizonte, 2000 in Manila and 2003 in Dar es Salaam.

The next CWG workshop will be held in February 2006 in Kolkata, India. Although not a formal membership organization, the CWG network or community of practice contributed to the thematic discussion through these workshops and through many publications developed by participants in response to the themes set as the workshops, such as micro-enterprise development, public-private partnerships, and solid waste collection that benefits the urban poor. Skat has been one of the driving forces within the CWG since its inception, and is presently hosting the CWG Secretariat.