Towards a circular economy for the electronics sector in Africa: overview, actions and recommendations

This report provides an overview of the current state of circularity in the electronics value chain in Africa, identifies key areas of concern, provides appropriate recommendations, and proposes priority actions to improve circularity of the sector. The recommendations focus on the individual life cycle stages of the electronics value chain, as well as on aspects that cut across the value chain. The transition towards a more circular electronics sector in Africa would require a holistic, coordinated approach bridging five key areas covering knowledge, policy and governance, innovation, technology and infrastructure, capacity development, and financing. The report also proposes a list of priority actions to be taken by a variety of key stakeholders, including policymakers, businesses, civil society groups, researchers, etc. While an attempt has been made to identify the most relevant actions and tailor them to the African region, the list is not exhaustive and proposed actions may also be applicable elsewhere.