First Global Strategic Workshop, April 27 – 29


Day 1 Global Workshop


8 am to 13 pm

Field visits for those international participants (approx 25) arriving that day or the night before

Rest of participants resting during the morning or visiting KKPKP members and president Mohan, Surekha and 2 waste picker representatives

Group 1 (those arriving on 25th late at night and during the 26th)
Door to door collection on foot
Domestic and community composting visit
Bio gas operation visit
Meeting with citizens

Group2 (for all coming to the field visits on the 25th):
Open forum discussion with KKPKP members. Understand their union model, history and function (how they have achieved so many members? how does their bank work?)

13pm – 14pm
Lunch all together

14:00- 14:15 (15 mins)
Welcome and presentations

Laxmi with Mohan

14:15 to 14:30 (15 minutes)
Background – Agenda and expectations of the workshop
An explanation of where the idea of the workshop came from, the main goals we want to achieve, presenting the agenda and opening up the floor for some people to say their own expectations, if possible, one per continent
Lucia with Silvio

14:30 – 15:15 (45 minutes)
Framing the Swach Model

To take questions/comments,  using the Pune example as learning experience and possibly comparing it with some other model from Latin America.
Malati with Babi

15:15 – 15:30 Tea break and forming of groups

15:30- 17:15 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Understanding different models: arrive at a common understanding of meanings and challenges within each country context 
Split into regional discussion groups (to facilitate language/translation issues basically!) and discuss the different models they have in terms of inclusion into Solid Waste Management, identifying how they are actually working, how they managed to achieve that goal (organizing? Government support?), which component is the strongest one on their model (e.g door to door, composting value added, etc) and try to develop a better understanding of the strategies used in their region.
Nalini (Asia) Melanie (Africa) Lucia (Latinamerica) moderating group discussions.

17:15 – 18:00 (45 minutes)
Plenary presentation of differences and understandings/models per region
Each region/group will present in plenary using flipcharts for 15 minutes the summary of each discussion, clearly explaining what they mean and what they want to achieve as a model/type of inclusion in their region, as well as their key issues in terms of challenges/threats for that model to be implemented. We will try to capture glossary of concepts/terms

Reps chosen per group for presenting back to plenary


9:00 – 9:15 (15 minutes)
Opening remarks and agenda of the day reminder
Will have some symbolic expression to start and open Day 2 then remind participants of the agenda

Nalini with wastepicker from Bangalore

9:15 – 10:45 (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Sharing inclusive models from other regions
Each region will present 2 to 3 models according to what they previously identified and prepared (e.g. Red Lacre will decid on the 25th about their presentations,  Africa: Book Diom, Madagascar?, Mali?, Asia ?) for a maximum of 20 minutes each with 10 minutes for q&a
Poornima with Nohra

10:45 – 11:00 (15 minutes)

11:00 – 13:00 (2 hours)
Sharing inclusive models from other regions
(continuation) Each region will present 2 to 3 models according to what they previously identified and prepared
Poornima with Nohra

13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour)

14:00 – 15:15 (1 hour, 15 mins)
Deeper understanding and creating commitments to achieve inclusive models
Split into groups, according to different focuses derived from the plenary presentation models, for more detailed discussion on inclusion of waste pickers and understanding the possibilities in their own situation, what commitments they can make to try new learning and what are the resources required. Focus groups can be based on value chain, social mobilization, legal empowerment, etc

Laxmi (Asia) Chris (Africa) Mariel (Latinamerica) moderating groups discussion.

15:15 to 15:30 (15 minutes)
Tea break

15:30 – 16:30 (1 hour)
Examining policy/legal provisions and advocacy/struggle
(continue group discussion) .
Focus on explaining their process to achieve it, the legal framework under which they are working, the problems they have faced or are facing to ensure it.

16:30 – 17:15 (45 minutes)

Plenary presentations of the different groups (Jyoti and Sushila)

17:15 – 18:00 (45 mins)
Closing the day and preparation for day 3
Sharing and reflection of the day and presentations of commonalities and challenges that will be addressed the next day

African Wastepicker Representatives meeting to decide/elect their representatives to attend the Steering Committee meeting
Melanie and Kapita


9:00 – 10:15
Why inclusion in SWM and organizing are so important in a context of global threats to waste pickers’ livelihoods?
To present in plenary global trends around SWM such as privatization of waste collection or final disposal, threatening technologies, or top-down recycling markets, using particular examples from the floor like dumpsite closures and exclusion, incineration, etc
Neil or Mariel with waste pickers’ examples

10:15 – 10:30 (15 mins)
Tea Break

10:30 – 11:30 (1 hour)
Examining advocacy/struggle efforts that enable inclusive models and could work against exclusive models
To discuss possible campaigns (global or locally focus) to ensure inclusion of waste pickers into SWM, technical support or other required in order to ensure this. Its related to session before but focus will be on actual problems they are facing
Anne L (Asia) Melanie (Africa) Neil (Latinamerica) moderating groups discussion

11:30 – 12:30 (1 hour)
Planning and moving forward
Preparing in groups or collectively the final points/declaration or major commitments and plans regarding models of inclusion.
Red Lacre, someone from Africa, KKPKP

12:30 – 13:00 (30 mins)
Closing the workshop
Approval or comments on the final proposal, comments on workshop outputs and ways of moving forward
Laxmi, + some WPs from each region

29th April after lunch

For some participants (50): Side meetings on Communication (1) Gender (2)
Some representatives (30): all day long of Steering Committee (3)
Others: day free/resting

13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour)

14:00 – 17:00 (3 hours)
Group 1: Global communication strategy
Pablo and Deia conducting discussion on website/media strategy to link groups and share information (cell phones, etc)

Group2: Gender group discussion, proposed by Red Lacre, to identify common issues related to women waste pickers globally

Group3: Steering Committee Meeting ( see agenda below)
Those participating are Global committee and Climate Change comittee elected in Nicaragua by Red Lacre, those African waste pickers elected on 28th night at side/regional meeting, and from Asia (tbc?)

Global strategic workshop objectives


To critically assess the technical and organizational/political advantages, disadvantages and implications of inclusive solid waste management (SWM) models around the world

To provide waste picker organization representatives with information, analysis and tools that will assist their organizations to identify which inclusive SWM models best suit their needs and interests.

To strengthen mobilization by waste pickers to achieve desirable inclusive solid waste management models as well as to resist threatens to their livelihoods


Clarifying concepts: to understand what each of the following key concepts mean in each context and to try to develop a common global understanding: e.g; integration and inclusion; informal, formalization; regulated and formal; employment, self employment, enterprise and worker owned enterprise; private, public and private public partnership


To share information on and analysis of SWM models that include waste pickers, detailing the model, logistics, genesis, finances, revenue, and roles and responsibilities of different players and identifying the technical and political/organizational advantages, disadvantages and challenges of each


Sharing particularly exclusion models and global trends; detailing genesis, how they came about, why and how the model excludes wps, disadvantages of this kind of model, as well as explaining why some threatens trends are taking place (such as privatization, waste to energy plants, etc)


Examining policy/legal provisions (or provisions from the city/state governments) that enable such models


Examining actual (and possible) advocacy/struggle efforts that enable inclusive models and ensure their sustainability. Ie how was the model developed, what was necessary to get get it agreed and implemented, what were the countervailing/opposition forces and strategies to overcome these, what efforts are required to make it sustainable