Electronic-Waste Circuitry and Value Creation in Accra, Ghana

  • Richard GrantEmail author
  • Martin Oteng-Ababio
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Based on extensive field research, this chapter assesses electronic-waste processing in Ghana by examining the respective roles of formal and informal enterprises therein. Against this background, recent government efforts to manage e-waste and regularise related industries are reviewed. The authors conclude that government policies are not suitable for the development of this sector and for upgrading e-waste activities, because they largely neglect informals and their critical contribution to the sector. Given the low state of technology available in Ghana and the key role that informal labourers play in e-waste collection and processing, the authors call for a refocus on the informal activities so that informals can operate in better, greener, healthier and safer working conditions that would ultimately produce better outcomes in terms of sustainable development.



The authors are grateful to Sören Scholvin and Ivan Turok for comments on a draft version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Resource DevelopmentUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana

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