I would like to thank Dr Axel Baudouin for providing me with valuable support and input for this study. I am also grateful to the IJURR reviewers for constructive and useful comments which have contributed to further improving the article.
Governance on the Ground: A Study of Solid Waste Management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013
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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 1273–1287, July 2013
How to Cite
Louise Bjerkli, C. (2013), Governance on the Ground: A Study of Solid Waste Management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 1273–1287. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2013.01214.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013
- Solid waste management;
- Public private partnership
This article examines the management of solid waste in Addis Ababa from 2004 to mid-2011. It describes how solid waste management has evolved and how relationships between the informal sector and the local authority have shifted in relation to the political atmosphere in the city. The author shows how good governance promoted by international donors does not necessarily result in improved service delivery on the ground. In line with the principles of good governance, the Ethiopian government decentralized the city's administration and entered into partnerships with non-state actors in order to improve service delivery. However, these structural changes have not led to improvements in providing services for dealing with solid waste, nor have they improved accountability to or participation by civil society. The study shows that the established ways of exercising power are continuing within the new structures of the city administration, resulting in increased control over the actors involved in the process, and more conflicts and deeper mistrust of the city administration. This, in turn, has prevented the successful integration of the informal sector and provision of an improved solid waste service in the city. The city administration in Addis Ababa claims to have adopted good governance, but in reality it has adapted good governance to suit its own interests and agendas.