Kenya’s ICT Authority launches e-waste initiative to promote sustainability and job creation
Their mission for the current fiscal year is to collect 100,000 devices from a wide spectrum of 284 public organizations, which encompass State Corporations, Universities, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
In a move aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of e-waste and boosting employment opportunities, Kenya’s ICT Authority (ICTA) has launched an ambitious initiative as part of the e-Waste Kenya Project. The authority’s goal for the fiscal year is to collect a staggering 100,000 electronic devices from various public organizations, including State Corporations, Universities, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
The e-waste transfer from public institutions to ICTA is legally supported under Section 176 of the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act (2020), which mandates the disposal of unserviceable or obsolete assets. Section 177 of the Act outlines the formation of a disposal committee for e-waste in public institutions.
This initiative, which has garnered early success with over 11,000 devices already collected, resulted from collaboration between ICTA, the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).
Why does it matter?
E-waste is a growing concern globally, and this initiative shows that Kenya is taking a proactive step to minimize its environmental impact. Moreover, the focus on job creation through e-waste management aligns with broader economic development goals, particularly in the digital and technology sectors. It’s worth noting that Kenya has recently signed a digital inclusion agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance data management, foster digital job opportunities, provide worker training, reduce the gender gap, and support the growth of digital enterprises. These initiatives highlight Kenya’s intention to promote a sustainable and technologically inclusive future.