Pioneering waste reuse and recovery program holds lessons for R4D, finds evaluation

Reducing pressure on natural resources requires us to bring circular economies into the mainstream. The question is, how can we make this transition in a way that delivers positive outcomes – and is sustainable?

An independent evaluation of the Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) subprogram, undertaken by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), indicates that an outcome-based management approach could be the answer. The study concluded that the “quality of program management” was critical to the initiative achieving “significant outcomes that have the potential to lead to major long-term impacts.” These lessons learned my prove useful for other research for development (R4D) work.

The RRR subprogram, carried out under WLE’s Rural-Urban Linkages (RUL) Flagship, has been supporting innovative waste management research and…