First Advisor

Joshua Eastin

Term of Graduation


Date of Publication

Winter 3-6-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science


Political Science




Electronic waste -- Africa -- Management, Social responsibility of business -- Africa, Electronic waste -- Law and legislation -- Africa, Small business -- Social aspects -- Africa



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 86 pages)


Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream worldwide. Illegal methods of transport, indifference in legislative response, and public ignorance of what to do in response, all influence e-waste proliferation. This dirty industry of e-waste is hazardous to human health and well-being as well as the environment. Since this dirty industry has ballooned over the last few decades, two major questions arise: What are the primary and secondary factors that influence the proliferation of e-waste dumping in developing countries; and what structures are emerging to combat the e-waste problem in developing countries in Africa? The following pages will investigate the e-waste problem in Africa; Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa. I will show the role that small and medium industries play in managing the e-waste problem. Through a mass media search of key SMEs and organizations, I find that local enterprises are taking on an extended responsibility to find economic incentives in the e-waste industry and transform it from a vastly hazardous waste stream to a cooperative trade and flourishing industry. The results of these case studies illuminate how lax government regulation and involvement forces smaller businesses and organizations to emerge as the leaders in e-waste management.


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