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Informal food trade represents a critical source of employment and food security for the urban poor. Nic Bothma/EPA

Informal traders in African cities are being used as political pawns

By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders' livelihoods.
This screenshot from a commercial ad was part of a campaign to improve communication and information about domestic workers’ labour conditions in Argentina. Afip Cocina

‘There’s always someone else’: Argentina’s struggle to improve domestic workers’ labour conditions

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.
A street vendor in Hanoi, Vietnam. Rather than being “helpless and hopeless”, many informal workers are self-reliant and ambitious. Wikimedia

Five myths about the informal economy that need debunking

The informal economy is often perceived negatively, yet recent research from developing and emerging countries indicate that the preconceptions that surround it are myths.
Cities like Dhaka are internally diverse, even contradictory. Such variation extends to the types of economic activity that take place in them. Reuters/Andrew Biraj

Design in the ‘hybrid city’: DIY meets platform urbanism in Dhaka’s informal settlements

As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
Hawkers sell goods on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Imports of bottled water from South Africa have been banned. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Lessons to be learnt from Zimbabwe’s blunt use of an import ban

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.

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