The informal sector in Zimbabwe is massive. Finding ways to connect it to the formal sector is vital.
Street traders in South Africa play a significant role in the country’s economic and social development and deserve to be protected in terms of the Constitution.
Lockdown and stay-at-home orders may not benefit societies dominated by informal economies.
Influential international actors like the World Bank and the IMF should focus on expanding social protection rather than focusing on eliminating the informal economy.
While inequality is a global problem, its growth is most pronounced and the political, social and economic challenges it poses are most complex and pronounced in the global South.
Promoting entrepreneurship will help reduce unemployment in South Africa. But the government has to step up its game.
Thailand’s Buddhist temples, important centers of culture and commerce, rely on donations from international visitors. Because of a steep drop in tourism, these temples have been hit hard.
Since 1999, extreme poverty has declined while rates of young people in education and employment have risen. Without investment though, the impact of the pandemic could see this progress imperilled,
Urban governance must include community groups, non-state and informal actors in the battle against COVID-19 in Africa.
It is vital that the latest move by government towards restructuring succeeds in making the industry safe, reliable and viable, contributing to the country’s economy.
Despite high prices, poor quality and inconvenience, Kenya’s urban poor continued to buy water from private vendors because it’s still their best option.
After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.
Millions of South Africans exchange billions of rands annually but disputes involving these transactions hardly ever appear before the country’s courts.
The loss of livelihoods flowing from the efforts to combat the pandemic highlights the dearth of social protection measures on the continent.
The current lockdown in Zimbabwe is going to provide a stern test for its informal economy, which is the country’s dominant economy and employs 90% of people.
While small businesses will be partially cushioned by government support measures, there’s no support for the most vulnerable workers.
Many informal workers will not be able to take the precautions that health authorities suggest.
By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders’ livelihoods.
In our urban world, turning the makeshift and the informal into the livable and sustainable is our greatest challenge.
Domestic workers in Argentina are essentially women employed in the informal economy which can enable forms of mistreatment. Today they’re fighting to formalise their status.