The city’s street trading management approach is mainly restrictive. Relocations, harassment and confiscation of of traders’ stock are common.
By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders’ livelihoods.
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.
New research shines light on whether creating such a haven as a new type of exchange that slows trading down a bit could attract enough traders to be effective.
The informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa is largely marginalised despite its significant contribution to employment and GDP.