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Linking the poor to new modalities in service delivery. Partnership innovations in solid waste management in Bogotá, Colombia


  • Turcotte, I.
  • Gómez, G.M.


Waste picking has become a prominent activity in the urban landscape, bridging the gap between shortfalls in service delivery and personal income generation in virtually all cities of the developing world. Overcoming previous stigmatization and work fragmentation through organization and dialogue, social economy organizations constituted by waste pickers are emerging as valuable actors in the governance framework, partnering at times with the public and private sectors to fulfil public service provision while aiming to improve the livelihoods of the poor and overcome the institutional nature of poverty. Bogota’s Plan Maestro Integral de Residuos Solidos (PMIRS) serves as a case study to explore these new modalities in service delivery, and to delve into the theoretical dimensions and practical implications of fomenting the inclusion of informal waste pickers into integrated solid waste management systems.

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  • Turcotte, I. & Gómez, G.M., 2012. "Linking the poor to new modalities in service delivery. Partnership innovations in solid waste management in Bogotá, Colombia," ISS Working Papers - General Series 548, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  • Handle: RePEc:ems:euriss:37169

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    Bogotá (Colombia); governance; poverty; social economy; waste picking;

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