South Africa should look towards inclusive growth to push back the growing levels of poverty within the population.
A bank official counts discontinued rupee notes.
AP Photo/ Anupam Nath
India's recent move toward a cash-free society helped reveal just how important physical currency is to the informal economies that the poorest families depend upon.
The headquarters of private security firm Prosegur after the spectacular robbery.
The heist and free trade are just opposite sides of the same coin.
A fishmonger pleads for customers in a Kenyan market.
The harassment of informal food vendors by national and municipal governments remains a major impediment to improving the resilience of the urban poor in African cities.
Cities like Dhaka are internally diverse, even contradictory. Such variation extends to the types of economic activity that take place in them.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
Artisans are crucial for any economy.
The history of artisanal training and employment in South Africa has been one of systematic social exclusion and inequality.
Hawkers sell goods on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Imports of bottled water from South Africa have been banned.
The control of imported goods is a quick fix that doesn't resolve fundamental economic problems. It must be accompanied by a policy focus on macroeconomic issues, labour and agriculture.