1st Edition

Digital Innovations for a Circular Plastic Economy in Africa

Edited By Muyiwa Oyinlola, Oluwaseun Kolade Copyright 2023
    300 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century that requires innovative and varied solutions. Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, this book brings together interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder perspectives exploring challenges and opportunities for utilising digital innovations to manage and accelerate the transition to a circular plastic economy (CPE).

    This book is organised into three sections bringing together discussion of environmental conditions, operational dimensions and country case studies of digital transformation towards the circular plastic economy. It explores the environment for digitisation in the circular economy, bringing together perspectives from practitioners in academia, innovation, policy, civil society and government agencies. The book also highlights specific country case studies in relation to the development and implementation of different innovative ideas to drive the circular plastic economy across the three sub-Saharan African regions. Finally, the book interrogates the policy dimensions and practitioner perspectives towards a digitally enabled circular plastic economy.

    Written for a wide range of readers across academia, policy and practice, including researchers, students, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), digital entrepreneurs, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multilateral agencies, policymakers and public officials, this book offers unique insights into complex, multilayered issues relating to the production and management of plastic waste and highlights how digital innovations can drive the transition to the circular plastic economy in Africa.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1 Introduction: A Digitally Enabled Circular Plastic Economy for Africa

    Muyiwa Oyinlola and Oluwaseun Kolade

    PART I The Environment for Digitisation in the Circular Plastic Economy

    2 Enabling a Successful Transition to a Circular Plastic Economy in Africa

    Sunday Augustine Leonard

    3 Digital Technologies and the Regime Complex for Plastics in Nigeria

    Natalie Beinisch

    4 From Polymers to Microplastics: Plastic Value Chains in Africa

    Patrick Schröder and Muyiwa Oyinlola

    5 Digital Innovation Ecosystem for the Circular Plastic Economy

    Bosun Tijani, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Silifat Abimbola Okoya

    PART II Digitisation in Action

    6 Utilising Plastic Waste to Create 3D-Printed Products in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Muyiwa Oyinlola, Silifat Abimbola Okoya and Timothy Whitehead

    7 Blockchains for Circular Plastic Value Chains

    Oluwaseun Kolade

    8 Transitioning to a Circular Plastic Economy in West Africa through Digital Innovation: Challenges and the Way Forward

    Victor Odumuyiwa and Ifeoluwa Akanmu

    9 A Multi-stakeholder, Multi-sectoral Approach to a Circular Plastic Economy in Eastern Africa

    Oluwaseun Kolade, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Barry Rawn

    10 The Application of Digital Technology in Circular Plastic Economy in Southern Africa: Case Studies of Waste Management Start-ups from Namibia and Zambia

    Selma Lendelvo, Mecthilde Pinto, Florensa Amadhila, Luzé Kloppers-Mouton, Chifungu Samazaka, Raili Hasheela and John Sifani

    PART III A Digitally Enabled Circular Plastic Economy

    11 BIG-STREAM: A Framework for Digitisation in Africa’s Circular Plastic Economy

    Celine Ilo, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Oluwaseun Kolade

    12 A Plastic Data Exchange Platform for Africa’s Circular Plastic Economy Transition

    Olawunmi Ogunde, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Stuart R. Coles

    13 Enhancing Decentralised Recycling Solutions with Digital Technologies

    Silifat Abimbola Okoya, Muyiwa Oyinlola, Patrick Schröder, Oluwaseun Kolade and Soroush Abolfathi

    14 Assessing Plastic Circular Economy Policies and the Use of Digital Technology in Africa

    Olubunmi Ajala

    15 Gender and Digital Innovation on Circular Plastic Economy in Africa

    Kutoma Wakunuma and Selma Lendelvo

    16 Conclusion: The Future of Digitisation for the Circular Plastic Economy in Africa

    Oluwaseun Kolade and Muyiwa Oyinlola


    Muyiwa Oyinlola is an associate professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development and Director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University, UK. A chartered engineer, committed to engineering sustainable solutions for low- and middle-income countries, his work places particular emphasis on identifying and integrating socio-cultural considerations required for the long-term success of engineering projects. He leads the DITCh Plastic Network, a multi-sectoral, international and interdisciplinary network aimed at promoting and supporting digital innovations that can accelerate the circular plastic economy transition in Africa. He is committed to developing processes and products for the circular plastic economy.

    Oluwaseun Kolade is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He recently held academic and leadership positions at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, where he also chaired the African Entrepreneurship Cluster. With an engineering background and a PhD in International Development, Seun’s research activities cover the broad areas of transformative entrepreneuring, digital transformation, circular economy, and SMEs’ strategies in turbulent environments. Seun is an agile certified practitioner with experience of leading transdisciplinary projects involving international partners across public and private sectors. He has chaired international conferences and is an invited speaker in various international fora.