Joseph N'Gata

Ashoka Fellow
Abidjan 14
Fellow Since 1993


This profile was prepared when Joseph N'Gata was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
The New Idea
Joseph N'Gata has found a simple, economically sustainable solution to the problem of garbage collection in underserved neighborhoods in Abidjan that simultaneously provides a formative "first job" for unemployed youth.Working in poor neighborhoods that lack city services, he employs teams of local young people who go house to house collecting garbage for a small fee and taking it to special drop-off points where city services transport it to official dumps. He is now bringing his system to other neighborhoods and working closely with municipal authorities to show them how this inexpensive and efficient system can work in their areas.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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