Informal retailers that dot South Africa's townships have changed dramatically, but at great cost - avoidance of regulation and exploitation of employees.
The informal sector represents an opportunity to improve the lives of a large part of the workforce. Government should desist from harming livelihoods and broaden the scope of policy measures.
Little is known about how many people transition between the informal and formal sectors, a phenomenon called "churning".
Street vendors are the most visible of the people who work in the informal sector – up to half the urban workforce in cities like Manila – but whose needs and rights receive no official recognition.
Graft is common in the way that markets in Kinshasa are run.
The extent to which mobile phones can support and sustain real improvement in young lives is depressingly finite unless significant interventions occur.
Bringing significant benefits to an emergent middle class, Dhaka's cultural, economic, environmental and political landscapes are being rapidly but unevenly transformed.
Only 28% of working women across the globe are fully protected by maternity laws that provide for time off work with full pay.