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Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response

Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response

I am seeking three very committed individuals to develop an innovative project, which seeks to manage solid waste in refugees/displaced camps. If you are interested, please feel free to send me an email at: For more information on the call for proposal, please visit this link:

Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response
HIF WASH, Life Sciences, Requests for Partners and Suppliers, Developing Countries, Engineering/Design, Global Health, Theoretical-licensing
AWARD: $15,000 USD  |  DEADLINE: 4/06/14  |  ACTIVE SOLVERS: 203  |  POSTED: 2/05/14
When large numbers of people are displaced due to natural or man-made disasters, they flee their homes and settle in formal or informal camps. One major problem is the management of solid wastes (trash, rubbish, garbage, litter) produced by large numbers of people in a relatively small area. Improper management of solid wastes leads to many issues, mostly centered on degrading the health of the people involved. We are searching for the most economical process of managing solid wastes without worsening the already poor living conditions in these areas or causing harm to individuals or the environment.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
(photo by Jenkins Macedo)
Source: InnoCentive      Challenge ID: 9933337
Challenge Overview
Natural and Man-made disasters like earthquakes and wars causes displacement of people from their homes to formal and informal camps. Relief efforts are usually centered around these locations. Even though these people have very little, they still produce a good amount of solid wastes such as trash, garbage and even packaging from the relief effort itself. If these wastes are not managed properly (collected, transported and disposed) it creates a myriad of health and environmental issues in time. Our goal is to protect the people, aid workers and the environment from more harm by finding the best equipment and process for solid waste management that can be deployed in these areas, quickly and economically. Your ideas in this area are greatly appreciated.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 
About the Seeker: The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.


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