GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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Ground Score Association

Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Website: trashforpeace.org/ground-score

Primary information

Language
English
Type of members
Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Association
Organizational Reach
Local
Membership
No
Women composition

Social networking sites

Facebook


Benefits


Services


Complementary Information

Information source

Comments / Narrative

Organizational structure is still loose. Workers have resisted the establishment of membership guidelines in an effort to be as inclusive as possible. Thus, the group decided to call themselves “workers” rather than “members.” There is some core funding for several people to provide paid administrative and coordination support, and that role currently rotates between 5 core workers who have demonstrated an ability to lead. Workers are selected for jobs based on: their capacity and skill set to meet the requirements of the job, attendance at monthly meetings, their performance at previous jobs, and their housing and employment status. The designated coordinators select workers for jobs based on those qualifications, and additionally try to prioritize opportunities for workers facing the highest levels of housing and job insecurity. Decisions about activities, grants and other opportunities are made on a consensus basis at monthly or twice monthly public meetings. The group aspires to have a system of democratic election once they are more established.


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