5th StreetNet International Congress in the eyes of Admin team "A remarkable moment for StreetNet International"

Ruby Essack, Congress Administrator
Ruby Essack, Congress Administrator

My impressions are that the Congress focus was predominantly about voting in the new leadership instead of being focused and used as an opportunity to discuss various strategic issues and strategies for the organization and its future.

I think that it is great that for the 1st time in history StreetNet has a woman president and who is also from Africa. She sounds very competent and I`m sure she will do StreetNet proud.

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El Salvador - Through dialog and negotiation, we all win!

In El Salvador we initiated a tripartite dialog process at the beginning of August 2015 between local government, central government via the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, private enterprise (representative of the ANEP) and various organisations brought together in the NATIONAL VENDORS ENTITY formed by the FEDERATION OF UNIONS OF INDEPENDENT VENDORS OF EL SALVADOR, FESTIVES, NATIONAL VENDORS COORDINATOR (CNV) AND VARIOUS INDEPENDENT ORGANISATIONS, we formed the TRIPARTITE MUNICIPAL DIALOG ROUND TABLE (MMDT) with the support of the ILO.

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12th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum and StreetNet-SATUCC Regional Workshop on the implementation of ILO Recommendation 204 on “Transitions from the informal to the Formal Economy”

The 12th Southern Africa Civil Society forum took place at Lugogo Conference Centre in Mbabane, Swaziland from the 15th to the 17th of August 2016. A total of eight informal economy organisations from eight Southern African countries participated with ZCIEA represented by ten delegates led by the organisation’s National President Lorraine Sibanda.

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Hard efforts of street vendors in Rwanda lead to positive outcomes

Pictured are street vendors` already packed in new markets in the Kigali city. They show their contentment in front of markets and in front of their goods

Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO, President of Syndicat des Travailleurs Independents de l’Economie Informelle (SYTRIECI), StreetNet affiliate from Rwanda, clarifies the situation of street vendors in her country, namely after the spread of news in social media by Rwanda local government about construction of 12 mini markets for approximately 8000 former street vendors in Rwanda capital - Kigali city who will be exempted from taxes for one year which means they will not pay rent or taxes for within the whole year.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies