A peek into the life of informal waste workers in Viet Nam during COVID-19

Year of Publication

2020

This article explores the life, roles and contributions of informal waste workers in Viet Nam during COVID-19.

Source:

UNDP Vietnam

Author(s):

Kasia Weina, Nguyen Tuan Luong

Geography:

Vietnam

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Livelihoods, Policy

This article explores the life, roles and contributions of informal waste workers (IWWs) in Viet Nam during COVID-19. This article indicates that the pandemic has impacted the work of IWWs in Vietnam where many had to return to their hometown for other jobs or face unemployment. Many IWWs expressed that they felt left out and unsupported by social welfare policies during COVID-19. The article also highlights the significant contribution of IWWs to waste collection coverage in the city, including increasing the waste recovery works through recycling.