Hello and welcome to the website of the University of Cape Coast-Switch Africa Green Project. It is a project sponsored mainly by the European Union and United Nation Environment Program, United Nations Development Program United Nations Office for Project Services. The project aims at establishing a one stop Eco-Business and Policy Centre for the development of the Micro-Small and Medium size Enterprises (MSMEs) in the e-waste sector.
The project which started in July, 2015 has the overall objective of facilitating a green economy for the e-waste value chain by creating income generating opportunities and reducing environmental degradation through improved resource recovery and waste prevention and management in the Greater Accra region (Accra and Tema) and Ashanti Region (Kumasi). Specifically, the project seeks to:
To promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production through a resource efficient e-waste management
To provide comprehensive consulting and support for establishing eco-innovative micro and small and medium-sized enterprises through identification of green technologies and building capacity on eco-entrepreneurship
To contribute to poverty alleviation by improving working and living conditions of workers and communities by reducing environmental and health impacts of the improper recycling of e-waste
To foster dialogue with decision-makers on policies enabling a green economy in the e-waste management sector and support informed-decision making
This site is dedicated to providing adequate information and best strategies to support and development of the MSMEs in the E-waste Sectors (formal and informal) in Ghana and other developing countries.
It is a fact that, the Information Technology and personal electronics companies motivated by the powerful incentive of market demand to produce newer consumer products and electronic equipment, promote faster research and development agenda to produce numerous innovative products to satisfy the every growing customer demand. This in turn has made e-waste the fastest growing category of waste in many countries including Ghana. E-waste from research contains precious and special metals like: gold, silver, palladium, platinum etc as well as potentially toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and beryllium to mention but a few.
Armed with this background, the project will help the businesses in the formal and the informal e-waste sectors get trained so they could use responsible end-of-life management practices in order to recover valuable components and properly manage hazardous and toxic components. The project would promote and encourage the MSMEs to use environmentally friendly practices to; recycle e-waste, recover electronic components, refurbish and repair and reuse use of end-of-life electronic equipment. Finally, the project would also design and incorporate a curriculum on e-waste management into the entrepreneurship education program in the university. This would churn out a crop of intelligent graduates who will approach the issue of efficient e-waste management as a business from a well informed perspective. As they move from the school environment to work in institutions and organizations they may act as agents of change and insist on best practices to ensure sustainable use of electronic waste.
Additionally, the project would be very happy to collaborate with any organization or institution, which seeks to promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production through a resource efficient e-waste management.
You are welcome to join us with your comments and contributions and it is our hope that you will find this site more interactive. Thank you very much.