Investing in Waste Management and Recycling with a Gender Lens. A guide for investors in emerging markets

Is the waste management and recycling sector the same for men and women? You might think so, but that’s not the case when you dig deeper.


The waste management and recycling sector presents compelling investment opportunities in emerging markets. There is a clear business case to view these investment opportunities using a gender lens. Our research found that being gender-smart can unlock growth through innovation, market share, improved traceability, and talent. It can help mitigate risks such as reputation, climate and lack of supply chain sustainability. Our guide explains why these investments matter and how they can be made.


​The guide provides tools and recommendations for investors to integrate gender-smart approaches in the Waste Management and Recycling sector. It was supported by the U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) in its effort to mobilize private capital for development outcomes, and co-authored by SAGANA, CIRCULATE CAPITAL, and CATALYST AT LARGE.


This sector guide is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this sector guide is the sole responsibility of Sagana, Circulate Capital, and Catalyst at Large and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


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