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Sustainable Waste Management Innovations in Africa: New Perspectives and Research Agenda for Improving Global Health

Ahen, Frederick, Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph (2021) Sustainable Waste Management Innovations in Africa: New Perspectives and Research Agenda for Improving Global Health. Sustainability, 13 (12). Article Number 6646. ISSN 2071-1050. (doi:10.3390/su13126646) (KAR id:88528)


The need for green business practices and green innovations underscores a growing recognition that climate change is now an existential threat not just to population health but also to the survival of businesses that are unable to embrace green practices with a sense of urgency. This paper con-tributes to the literature on market violence as an inhibitor of green innovations for sustainable waste management to curb the unneeded health effects of wastes in Africa. Our purpose is to problematize received wisdom, unquestioned assumptions, and incorrect diagnostics of the sources and health consequences of various forms of wastes in Africa. Much of the discourse re-mains ahistorical and that risks leaving aside a core aspect regarding exploitative extraction. By including this ‘out-of-the-box’ explanation through major case references, we are able to lay bare the critical issues that have hitherto received limited attention, thus enabling us to propose useful research questions for future studies. We propose a framework that delineates the structural composition of costs imposed by market violence that ranges from extraction to e-waste disposal. We advocate for the engineering of policies that create conditions for doing more with less re-sources, eliminating waste, and recycling as crucial steps in ushering sustainable waste man-agement innovations. We highlight a set of fundamental issues regarding enablers and inhibitors of sustainable innovations and policies for waste management worth considering for future re-search. These include programmed obsolescence, irresponsible extraction, production, and con-sumption, all seen through the theoretical lens of market violence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/su13126646
Uncontrolled keywords: market violence; planned obsolescence; sustainability; waste management innovations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 11:27 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 23:12 UTC
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Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph.

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