ASU brings pioneering circular economy training to rapidly developing countries
Lagos, Nigeria, is an international megacity with an ever-growing population, dwindling resources and widespread environmental impact and has become the poster child for rapid urbanization in the developing world, despite being the center of the fastest-growing economy in Africa.
By 2050, the population of Lagos is predicted to double to nearly 36 million people, putting Nigeria on track to be the third-largest country in the world with a total population of 440 million, surpassing the U.S. and Russia. This unprecedented growth places an urgency among its residents, businesses and leaders to address its growing development and quality-of-life challenges.
Economic and governmental stakeholders in Lagos, Nigeria, workshop concepts to help create an ethical circular economy in their region, the fastest-growing in Africa. This workshop was created by the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Intiaitves and co-hosted with the Sustainability School Lagos.Photo Courtesy Olufemi Olarewaju
The April 2016 "Introduction to Ethical Circular Economy" workshop cohort.Photo Courtesy Olufemi Olarewaju
”The relevance of a program like this is in being able to apply its principles to address societal challenges,” said Patience Ogwara, workshop participant and programmes manager at New Nigeria Foundation. “The opportunity to do this, using the Lagos context, was personally and professionally enriching.”
Development and delivery of the course was funded by a grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Earlier this year, ASU became a Pioneer University of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious international Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network. The CE100 is composed of premier institutions from across Europe and the U.S. tasked with researching and developing innovations and solutions that encourage a more circular economy.
“Our hope is to deliver this learning experience to as many people as possible throughout the fast-developing world of Africa, Latin America and Asia,” Buch said.
As part of the grant, the next circular economy workshop will take place in June in Phoenix.