RSA International Development Network: Circular Economy initiatives in Emerging Economies

Fellowship Event


Dr Cross Room, Rawthmells

  • Circular economy
  • Design
  • Making
  • Manufacturing
  • Sustainability

Join the network at a workshop to explore case studies of Circular Economy initiatives in emerging economies and in more developed countries.

The circular economy is seen as one route to sustainable development and the improvement of livelihoods. What lessons can be learnt from circular activities in emerging economies (and elsewhere) to accelerate the transition to a global circular economy? This is an opportunity for the RSA Global Fellowship to contribute to the process.

Chaired by Sir Richard Jolly (former Deputy Director of UNICEF), the event will include contributions from Murielle Diaco (Founder of Djouman and member of the African Circular Economy Network) and Richard Swannell (Director of WRAP) on Circular Economy principles from around the world. There will be a chance to add your voice to the conversation in small groups & plenary sessions, with opportunities for networking.

Share your ideas with the network: if you know of any brilliant Circular Economy innovations, please submit them in advance to Network Lead [email protected] by Thursday 8 November. The network will select a small number to be displayed at this event, and a larger number to be displayed online, creating a resource library of inspirational case studies of circular initiatives.

The event is free to attend but please book your place at the top of this page.

Interested but can't make it on 28 November? Join the online discussion taking place in advance on Wednesday 14 November at 09:30hrs (GMT), co-hosted by the Network and RSA Global. At this session, Fellows from around the world are invited to present examples of circular innovation; some examples from this online discussion will be shared at the event on 28th November. All are welcome to book a place to take part.


  • Sir Richard Jolly (Chair) - Development economist who was for 20 years an Assistant Secretary General of the UN serving as Deputy Director of UNICEF and responsible for UNDP’s Human Development Report.
  • Murielle Diaco - Founder and CEO of DJOUMAN. This is one of the leading innovation platforms for sustainability in Africa to provide effective resources and support to people who are building tomorrow’s Africa. The platform works with innovative start-ups and SMEs to help them transform their potential into success. Today, the platform counts more than 2000 members primarily located in western and central Africa.
  • Dr Richard Swannell - Director of  the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (“WRAP”) international work. For over 25 years Richard has worked on resource efficiency and sustainability issues with an important focus on seeking new partnerships to achieve impact in the UK and internationally.

About this Network…
Find out more and sign up to join the RSA International Development Network.

If you have any questions, any access requirements, or require any reasonable adjustments, please get in touch with the RSA London team: [email protected]. Please also let us know if you have any severe allergies or dietary requirements.

Location: Dr Cross Room, Rawthmells Coffeehouse, RSA House, London, WC2N 6EZ