The role of circular economy to address Africa’s environmental, social and governance challenges: a systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis

Sehrish Atif*, Abeer Hassan

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Abstract

The circular economy (CE) is a model that aims to minimise waste and maximise the use of resources by extending a product’s lifecycle for as long as possible. Africa is considered a plastic economy, and its biggest challenge is unmanaged plastic pollution, as it represents a potential threat to vulnerable communities. Therefore, adopting CE can be feasible for the African economy to address the continent’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges. The authors have conducted a systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis to identify the extent of CE-related scientific literature to analyse the key themes, sources and other descriptive analyses covering African-based literature. The findings suggest that most literature discussed the CE paradigm from a sustainable development goal perspective. The three common themes that were widely discussed i.e., resource efficiency: this approach can help to reduce waste and increase the longevity of resources; the second one discusses finding the solution as its essential to develop solutions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the African community, considering local resources and socio-economic conditions. The third theme discusses the key to collaboration among different stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Academy of Management Conference 2023
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 May 2023
Event
British Academy of Management Conference 2023: Towards Disruptive Sustainability: New Business Opportunities and Challenges
- University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20236 Sept 2023
https://www.bam.ac.uk/events-landing/bam2023-conference.html

Conference

Conference
British Academy of Management Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleBAM 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period1/09/236/09/23
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