Gates Foundation Boosts Urban Poverty Fight in Africa

Unofficial garbage collectors known in Egypt as 'zabalin' collect trash in Cairo and bring it to suburbs like al-Muqattem to sift through for recycling to sell back to factories. A USD5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to develop a solid waste management system in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by: Emmanuel Dunseath / IRIN

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering USD27.2 million to support urban development efforts in Africa. The projects aim to help improve governance, municipal services and the urban poor’s access to jobs and shelter.

The five-year funding includes:

- USD5 million for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit to develop a solid waste management system in Cairo, Egypt.

- USD5 million for the Development Workshop Angola to promote inclusive public planning processes in the delivery of basic services in Luanda, Angola.

- USD2.6 million for the Lilongwe City Assembly to help boost the livelihood of informal settlers in Lilongwe, Malawi. 

- USD5 million for the Monrovia City Corp. to collaborate with community groups and city officials for the creation of a solid waste management and recycling system in the Liberian capital. 

- USD5 million for the city of Harare and Dialogue on Shelter/Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation to help develop and implement a shelter and infrastructure strategy for the Zimbabwean capital. 

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