Micro and Small Enterprises Involvement in Solid Waste Management in Addis Ababa: The Case of Nefas Silk Lafto Sub City

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Addis Ababa University


This paper examined whether factors like infrastructure, training and advice, willingness to pay, attitude of members of Micro and Small Enterprises .(MSEs) towards their work, leadership ·competence and .gender difference resulted in performance difference of MSEs engaged in so lid waste management service . .1'1. sample of eight MSEs with a focus group of 72 respondents in Nifas. Silk Lafto Sub City, Addis Ababa was used purposely. The selected MSEs were divided into . best and least performing based on the criteria developed by. Addis Ababa · Sanitation Administration Agency; and Nifas Silk Lafto Sub City and Kebeles Offices. The criteria included amount of solid waste collected, income, efficient coverage of zones, motivation to work, proper use of equipment . and customer satisfaction. The results from the whole membership data and interview indicated that gender difference in each MSE lmd its own effect on their performance difference because women had additional reproductive and social roles unlike their men counterparts. The results also indicated that the existed performance differences of the MSEs were due to difference in the condition of infrastructure, provision of technical support, relationship with customers, and provision of proper waste collection service. The paper advocates. for application of gender based affirmative action for improved soUd waste management system tluough proper monitoring of the service. Finally, the research suggests appropriate lines of action on the provision of teclmical support, increase in public awareness .and provision of facilities and ensures sustainability of MSEs driven solid waste management scheme in the sub city and Addis Ababa.



Solid Waste Management