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Policy Brief: THINKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE; ADDRESSING E WASTE AND SEEDING CIRCULARITY IN NIGERIA’S DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

BACKGROUND
Over the last couple of years, unrelenting digitization has made companies And digital technology manufacturing countries step up production to meet
the ever-increasing demand for ICT goods globally. In the global South,
inadequate capacity (in a number of cases, lack of it) coupled with the low purchasing
capacity of citizens has opened up a grey market for substandard and second-hand
digital goods that get into these countries from the global North. These sub-standard
and second-hand goods have a short life span, the result of which is the acceleration
of the production of electronic wastes (e-waste) in these countries. Weak
governments that are often beholden to a multinational lobby have relaxed
regulatory controls and oversight, allowing not only the importation of these
substandard goods but also the importation of e-waste through various trading
schemes. These have combined, resulting in the creation of huge “dams” of e-waste
in counties of the global South.
The stockpiling of e-waste with its hazardous substances has become a major
challenge for many global southern countries. The irony is that the countries that are
not responsible for the global production of e-waste now bear the burden of its crisis.
At the same time, these countries have the least capacity to manage e-waste safely.
Nigeria is a typical example of a country where e-waste accumulation has assumed a
crisis proportion, threatening the lives of citizens and making the environment
unsustainable. To address this challenge, the country needs to learn from best
practices in managing e-waste through recycling and adapting initiatives and policies
that will lead to a seeding circular economy in the digital technology sector of the
country.

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