Women in Waste Management: An Opportunity


Title | Women in Waste Management: An Opportunity

Women in Asia play a central role in environmental management, yet their work in the sector is often unpaid or underpaid.

This webinar will discuss:

  • Key constraints for women’s empowerment and job creation in the solid waste management sector.
  • What models work and how do we know they work. What metrics are NGO’s and donors using to measure the empowerment of women in the solid waste management sector.
  • How can grant-making under the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program empower women in the sector.

Clare Romanik is a Senior Urban Specialist with USAID’s Office of Land and Urban.  Her work focuses on Asia – as the Contracting Officer Representative for the Municipal Waste Recycling Program – and Africa where she has conducted Urban Assessments for Ethiopia and Uganda and manages urban resilience work in South Africa and Madagascar.  Prior to joining USAID, Clare was a Local Governance Policy Specialist with UNDP, advising 22 Country Offices.  She also worked for The Urban Institute for 16 years, including as Chief of Party for USAID’s Decentralization and Local Government Program in Kyrgyzstan. Over her career, she has provided policy advice and managed development programs related to public finance, economic development, service delivery, land management, citizen participation and decentralization.  Clare holds a Master in Public Affairs with a focus on Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Marianne Carliez Gillet, an American citizen, serves as Director of Global Program Management for the Development Innovations Group (DIG), an organization specialized in urban, water and infrastructure services, financial services for the poor, and fund management. Her current portfolio of projects includes the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program in Asia. Over the past 18 years she has been focusing on urban sector development challenges, including water and sanitation and solid waste management, governance, housing and community infrastructure, employment generation, conflict mitigation, and microfinance. She started her career at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Women in Development Unit, where she assisted in mainstreaming of gender in Bank-funded projects. Ms. Carliez Gillet holds a master’s in International Relations from the University of Sorbonne, Paris and a B.A from the University of California, Davis.
Nguyen Ngoc Ly, a Vietnamese citizen, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR). She has conducted research on the role of women in environmental protection and co-published “Assessing Women’s Engagement in Environmental Impact Assessments on Infrastructure Projects in Vietnam” and the “Manual on Women’s Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment”. She was the Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster at United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Vietnam for 10 years (from 1998 to 2008). Prior to that, she worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA, and was a lecturer at the Hanoi School of Environmental Sciences. She holds a Master’s degree in MPA from Harvard Kennedy University; a Master of Science in Information and Library Studies – University of Maryland USA; Master of Environmental Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Prior to that, she graduated from the Czech University of Technology, Czechoslovakia.
Dr. Vella Atienza, a Philippine citizen, currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB). She has been actively involved in the field of solid waste management for approximately 17 years, and has authored various scientific publications on environmental governance, the informal sector in waste management, as well as domestic and international trading of recyclables, among others. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) where she served as a member of the ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia)’s 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group under the project entitled, “3R Policies for Southeast and East Asia.” Dr. Atienza is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Asia Pacific Studies from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan. She is an acting member of the Drafting Committee for the “State of 3Rs in Asia and the Pacific.

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