The Wasteshed Network works with refugee and host communities on issues of ‘wasteshed’ scale waste management, WASH and sustainable livelihoods.


A growing population globally has been displaced by political conflict and environmental stress and is living within refugee camps, sometimes for decades. Current waste management systems within these areas are identified as a major threat to human health and wellbeing.

A recent workshop organised by YESI brought together a global network to build an action research agenda for refugee waste management. Attendees included representatives from The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Norwegian Church Aid, Oxfam, the Lajee Centre from Palestine’s Aida Camp, and Jordan’s Za’atari camp. The conference offered an opportunity for attendees to explore the commonalities and differences in the failures of past refugee camp waste management and the delegates visited the Za’atari camp for a facility tour of Oxfam’s recycling project. It culminated in the development of the Wasteshed Network to maintain the research links formed.


Zaatari Camp Waste Flows (PDF , 497kb)

The diagram above maps the waste flows identified during the workshop and visit to the Za'atari camp.

Network aims and objectives

  • Research complex systems of waste management in refugee camps that are resilient, cost-effective, environmentally-conscious and appropriate across different contexts and geographies;
  • Establish a learning platform for the sharing and exchange of experiences, challenges and ideas;
  • Engage a wider audience to verify findings globally and promote greater impact;
  • Co-develop and implement pilot approaches to improve waste management;
  • Add social value through waste management providing jobs, useful products, training and a sense of community.

Related links

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  • Anas Abukhalaf, WASH Associate, UNHCR
  • Ala Adas, Litter picking project manager, Oxfam, Za'atari camp
  • Agatha Akandiinda, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Miria Agunyo, Uganda Christian University
  • Raya Al-Dadah, University of Birmingham
  • Joseph Aluba, UNHCR
  • Noel Biadnes, Recycling Project Manager, Oxfam, Za'atari camp
  • James Chong University of York
  • Philip Davis, University of Birmingham
  • Richard Friend, University of York
  • David Githiri Njoroge, UNHCR
  • Ioannis Georgiadis, WASH Humanitarian Coordinator, Norwegian Church Aid - Syria and Lebanon
  • Suleiman Halasah, electrical engineer consultant,  i.GREENs
  • Lamis Hamarneh, WASH Associate, UNHCR
  • Yusuf Haji Hersei, Norwegian Church Aid - Somalia
  • Monther Hind, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group
  • Josh Kirshner, University of York
  • Grace Kyagaba, WASH Coordinator, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Transboundary Water Management
  • Papiya Mazumdar, University of York
  • Alex Musinguzi, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Siobhan McGrath, WASH Programme manager, Oxfam
  • Charles Muhumuza, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Enid Naikoba, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Frank Namara, Uganda Red Cross Society
  • Hellen J. Namiya, Action against Hunger Uganda Mission
  • Stephen Njoroge, UNHCR
  • Arthur A. Owiny, Uganda Christian University
  • Noor Baya Pwani, Water and Sanitation Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Kelly Redeker, University of York
  • Jo Rose, University of York
  • Mahmoud Saad, University of Birmingham
  • Motassem Saidan, Water, Energy and Environment Centre at the University of Jordan
  • Mahmoud Shatat, Water and sanitation consultant, Oxford Policy Management
  • Rahel Sidiq, Associate Physical Site Planner, UNHCR
  • Rodgers Tayebwa, Uganda Christian University
  • Richard Tokwaro, UNHCR
  • Bernard Twinomugisha, Uganda Christian University
  • Sarah West, University of York
  • Eleanor Wozei, Uganda Christian University

Member comments

Za'atari Refugee Camp

Anas Abukhalaf, WASH Associate, UNHCR

Anas discusses the waste challenges facing the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

Kyaka II Refugee Settlement

Grace Kyagaba, WASH Coordinator, Uganda Red Cross Society

Grace discusses the waste challenges facing the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

Related links

If you would like to get more details about the network or to join please email us at