A collaborative approach for an inclusive and multi-perspective debate.

Creating a conference that provides fertile grounds for cutting-edge discussions starts from ensuring a diversity of both intellectual and real-life inputs. Only in this way the conditions are right for participants to confront experiences, learn from each other, create linkages and identify synergies for future cooperation.

This is exactly the reason why WRF 2021 is designed using a decentralised model for content creation, where we provide an open space for global organisations and initiatives from the fields of research, business, entrepreneurship, policy and civil society to submit their own proposals for workshops and contribute first-hand to the debate.

Workshops put emphasis on concrete cases, solutions, lessons learned, and future agendas. Key questions to focus on during the workshop are: What was successful? What did not work, and why? What do we need to make it work? How can it be replicated into different contexts? What can be the potential relevance and impact on a global scale?

Below is an overview of the workshops that will take place during WRF2021. In order to gain more information about the content, speakers and exact date and time of the workshops, please refer to the ‘Programme’ page or directly to our virtual event platform Whova.

Workshops address key topics related to the 3 conference tracks:

Primary Resources

Fair resource extraction for a quality future

Secondary Resources

From waste to resources for development

Circular Economy

Designing circular systems for resources



Circular economy policy and business solutions to e-waste challenges in Africa

The Value-Chain Approach: a tool for prioritised action on sustainable consumption and production

Setting the scene for African CE business platforms: lessons learnt from Lagos and South Africa

Framing an Africa-wide Circular Economy Action Plan

A showcase of policy solutions benefiting Africa’s circular economy MSMEs

In Africa for Africa: SMEs weaving solutions for textile circularity challenges

Measuring local impacts of mining: the Resource Impact Dashboard

Is the Basel Convention prepared for a transition to a circular economy?

Financing roundtable: unlocking a plastics circular economy in Africa

New Circular Economy standards from ISO for global alignment and practical implementation

Public and Private Partnerships to tackle human and children’s rights issues

Regenerative agriculture in Africa: business models on the ground

Waste tyres and other hazardous fractions: solutions for Ghana in the nexus of upcycling and co-processing

A global definition for Responsible Sourcing?

Enhancing circularity in electronics value chain in Africa