Past Event


How the Circular Economy Could Create Jobs and Save Lives in Developing Countries

21 March 2017 19:00–20:00

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

This Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) parliamentary event, hosted by Jeremy Lefroy MP, will examine how investing in a circular economy in the developing world has the potential to create jobs, reduce pollution and improve lives for the world’s poorest.

“Businesses that work on circular principles are amongst the fastest growing in the economy” – Dr Martin Stuchley, McKinsey.

“Twenty times more people die of diseases linked to mismanagement of waste and pollution than die from malaria each year” – Data from World Health Organisation and UNEP.

The circular economy concept has been making waves among the business community in the UK for the last five years. The potential benefits for low- and middle-income countries are even greater.

The Tearfund and IDS report, Virtuous Circle: How the circular economy can create jobs and save lives in low and middle-income countries, sheds light on the triple win that the circular economy can bring for people living in poverty: more and better jobs, improved health and less environmental pollution.


  • Jeremy Lefroy MP, member of International Development Select Committee and Director of Equity for Africa (event chair)
  • Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies and co-author of the Virtuous Circle report
  • Footage and interviews from Tearfund’s circular economy programming in Africa and Latin America
  • Ruth Valerio, Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund

Drinks and canapes will be provided.

This is an invite-only event. For more information please contact: [email protected]

Photo credit: UK Parliament/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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