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Finance and investment for scaling the circular economy in Africa.

The financial sector is a key enabler for the circular economy transition and the circular economy is also an opportunity for the financial sector, as it can create value for asset managers, banks, and other financial services firms and help to manage risk.

The circular finance opportunity

The circular economy offers a number of new investment opportunities for African countries. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the value of the potentially recoverable resources that are not currently being collected in Africa is estimated at USD 7.6 billion per year.

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Realising the circular economy opportunities, however, will not only require investments in waste management to support keeping products and materials in use, but also in innovations and circular business models in the formal and informal sectors such as repair, reuse, and sharing models.

This article discusses the examples of finance measures for the circular economy in action. It also looks at shifting public and private funding towards circular investments, developing and adopting circular economy taxonomies, and creating a supportive policy environment (see our Policy article for more details on how policy can shape the circular economy transition).

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