Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme


The manufacturing sector provides substantial opportunities for economic growth in developing countries but is frequently associated with high levels of pollution and environmental degradation. There are many reasons for poor pollution management and control. In sectors that are dominated by micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), factors include limited capacity for investment, poor access to resources and limited technological know-how. Weak regulatory environments and limited application of financial and policy incentives are also contributing factors.

The SMEP programme is funding research and related interventions aimed at reducing the environmental  and socio-economic impacts of the manufacturing sector in focus countries, as well as addressing some of the most pressing challenges associated with plastic pollution. Programme interventions aim to accelerate the development and uptake of solutions with potential for impact.

The Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP) provides strategic guidance to the implementation of the SMEP programme. The group of independent experts provides a sounding board for the SMEP procurement strategy and advises on the selection of SMEP service providers.

Please refer to UK Government Development Tracker portal for the SMEP Business Case and supporting contextual documents.



FCDO has appointed a Project Management Agent (PMA) to manage programme delivery. The PMA comprises a consortium partnership between Pegasys, SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

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