Humanitarian E-Waste Network

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Along with increased off-grid electricity access in humanitarian crises and protracted displacement situations, hazardous electronic wastes accumulate and become more and more an environmental and health hazard.

Addressing this, SUN-ESDS launched a cross-organisational technical working group on E-waste Reduction in Displacement Settings in 2021. The objective is to join forces to minimise the consequential e-waste of increased energy access by creating synergies and enabling the exchange of technical information and knowledge. Due to the growing interest of the stakeholders in this topic, we renamed the working group into Humanitarian E-Waste Network (HEWN) in January 2022. It is a platform for UN organisations, international organisations, NGOs and others operating in the humanitarian space to combine efforts and advocate for responsible Energy Access and E-Waste Management in and around refugee settlements.


  1. Network to join forces and to minimise the consequential waste of increased energy access;
  2. Exchange implemented experiences from the ground and get to know who is doing what in this area;
  3. Increase and transfer knowledge on E-Waste in the humanitarian context.


  • Meet every three months to get input (e.g., through a short presentation) and have discussion on one selected topic such as repairability, collection schemes, procurement standards and project activities, among others;
  • Moderated mailing list for peer-to-peer information exchange;
  • Represent a platform to connect with each other and do specific activities, e.g., in Task Forces.

HEWN meeting minutes

1st meeting on 4th March 2021:


  • Mapping of actors and updates
  • E-waste strategy: Which efforts are taken by actos to tackle e-waste? What can we do more?
  • Potential synergies: Where can we work together and what data/information can we share?
  • Topic for the next meeting

2nd meeting on 10th June 2021:


  • Input from University of Edinburgh regarding their work on 'Pathways to repair in the global off-grid solar sector'
  • Debate/discussion on repairability and e-waste friendly procurement standards for off-grid energy products
  • Topic for the next meeting

3rd meeting on 30th September 2021:
HEWN meeting minutes 30.09.2021

4th meeting on 23rd February 2022:
HEWN meeting minutes 23.02.2022

Becoming part of the network

If you want to be part of this network and help creating awareness on this important topic, please register here: or send an email to the list administrator


Gogla Toolkit: E-Waste | GOGLA

University of Edinburgh study: Pathways to Repair in the Off-Grid Solar Sector

IOM: Presentation - IOM - Greening humanitarian response through recovery, repair and recycling of solar products in camps – the E-waste Project in Uganda - 01 July 2021


GIZ's Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) project cooperate with UNHCR to enhance the access to sustainable energy in displacement contexts, and the Energypedia page has been created to share learnings across various practitioners to spur the development of clean energy solutions.

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