Capacity Building Concept for Municipal Solid Waste Management in African Countries

IJEP 42(5): 525-533 : Vol. 42 Issue. 5 (May 2022)

Nyathi Brian* and Togo Chamunorwa Aloius

University of South Africa, Department of Environmental Management, City of Tshwane, P.O. Box 392, UNISA 003, South Africa


Capacity building concept is an important component of sustainable development. In developing countries, it is identified as a key approach to achieve sustainable municipal solid waste management. Focus has been placed upon municipal capacity building as a means of effectively managing municipal solid waste. This current paper focuses on capacity building concept as a tool for managing municipal solid waste in developing countries. A web search of literature was done using searches, such as capacity building concept, capacity assessment and capacity development in Africa. Databases included Google Scholar, Elsevier and institutional repository. Data searched involved capacity building concepts in Africa from 2011 upto 2021 to provide more relevance to the present situation and for the purpose of developing realistic measures. The study selection process was conducted using the PRISMA guideline. The two researchers identified 206 articles. Of these, 102 were selected based on the title review. Of the 79, 41 were excluded based on abstract. Therefore, 38 articles were included in this review. This current paper revealed that several municipalities in Africa encountered financial, technical and institutional incapability in achieving sustainable municipal solid waste management (MSWM). This current paper proposes a capacity building assessment model to sustain and improve solid waste service delivery in African countries.


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