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From project design and implementation, to policy analysis and research, we work closely with our clients and partners across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to deliver insightful, innovative, and inclusive solutions to some of the world's most intractable development challenges.  A selection of our current and past projects include:

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An initiative of The Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd's Register Foundation, the SEEL Champions are a global network of passionate individuals and organisations who are working on urgent challenges relating to safety at end of engineered life and who have the capacity to affect wider change. As a champion, impaXus works to raise awareness, strengthen expertise, and address data gaps that exists around the critical role of women in recycling, waste management and the circular economy. 

The new plastic pollution internationally legally binding instrument – whatever it will be – will affect the working lives of millions globally, especially in the informal sector. Almost 60% of plastic waste is recycled informally. A successful instrument cannot ignore this tremendous fraction of waste and those who handle it. this paper serves to inform the UN Environmental Assembly in its formulation of the upcoming policy to addresses not only the full-life cycle of plastics, but the full scope of people it affects – notably, the invisible but critical informal sector. The paper was written in collaboration with fellow ISWA Women of Waste Task Force members and advisors and commissioned by GRID-Arendal with the support of NORAD. It was developed in cooperation with USAID, Clean Cities Blue Ocean, and WIEGO. 

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The Foundry Fellowship at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) is a transformative experience for accomplished entrepreneurs who are at an inflection point between scaling an innovation-driven company and transitioning into a role as an entrepreneurial leader catalyzing ecosystems change and inclusive economic growth across the African continent.  An alumnus of the inaugural cohort, Delila is helped to co-facilitate the adaptive leadership sessions and ecosystem tours for the 2022/23 cohort in Dakar, Senegal.

As a core component of formulating its five-year Country Develoment and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), USAID Uganda commissioned this country level gender and social inclusion analysis. It offers a detailed examination of the status of women, youth, and marginalized groups in the context of economic growth; democracy, rights and governance; health; and education. Comprehensive recommendations are provided for strengthening the integration of these groups across the Mission's programming as well as strengthening gender mainstreatming capacity at the Mission-level.  

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The Recyling in Jordan Activity works with the Greater Amman Municipality, Ministry of Environment, recycling services companies and private sector waste generators to increase commercial sector utilization of recycling services. As part of the initial market analysis, we led a city-level gender and social inclusion analysis of the recycling sector. The findings and recommendations were subsequently used to develop the activity's Gender Strategy and Action Plan, and to deliver a Gender Training for project staff.  

This first-of-its-kind global analysis examines the status of women working in recycling and waste management in both the formal and informal sectors. It was commissioned by USAID to informs the Agency's portfolio of ocean plastics pollution mitigation programs, setting women's economic empowerment as a priority. The report offers detailed recommendations for donors, the private sector, non-profits and policy-makers on strategies for supporting women's entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and equitable participation at all levels of the sector. Findings and recommendations were presented at the United Nations World Urban Forum, ISWA World Congress, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and internal USAID training on gender and ocean plastic pollution.  (View report, Global Landscape Factsheet, and Latin America Factsheet.)

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