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.
The information was shared by Pris Polly, later the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers delegation visited IPI in Jakarta and learned about their work.
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IPI was established on 31st May 1991. The goal of the organization is to better the life of waste-pickers and other workers working in waste management. The members of IPI include waste-pickers, sorters, scrap dealers and aggregators. The organization has set up learning centres for the children of waste-pickers in informal neighbourhoods. They are spread across 26 provinces of Indonesia, with headquarters in Jakarta. The organization is registered as a community organization with 3.7 million members spread across the country. The organization has helped facilitate land rights, health insurance for its members. Apart from waste-pickers and other workers in the informal waste economy, IPI invites celebrities, socially active citizens to be a part of their association. They take their help to highlight the issue faced by the workers in the informal waste economy.