Namibia: Informal Traders are Invaluable for the Economy
NAMIBIA is a dual-economy country with formal and informal sectors. The formal sector is characterised by large capital outlay, formal structure, and documentation of the business entities. It is included in the economic statistics of the nation. The informal sector entities, on the other hand, are small, mostly one person, and without formal structures and documentation. They are hardly in the national statistics and, hence, their role is not recognised.
Traders ask to be involved in decision making
Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendor and Informal Traders has called on the Central and County Governments to involve informal traders in investment decisions. The traders said that involvement of small traders will help them understand projects better. They were speaking during a training of hawkers that brought representatives from counties countrywide held at a Nakuru hotel where they were trained on the importance of authority in the County Governments.
South Africa - Cape Town zoning schemes and By-laws challenged in the Informal Sector
A Coalition of organisations has been formed to challenge the City of Cape Town, on its recently promulgated By-Laws that seeks to unify the fragmented multiple zoning schemes under one single zoning scheme. The coalition consists of the following organisations: Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition, the Somali Association of South Africa, COSATU Western Cape, PASSOP, the National Consumer Forum, the South African Council of Churches, the Scalibrini Foundation and the Legal Resources Centre.
Labour at Informal Work Economy (LIE) Celebrates International Women’s Day
Around one hundred female members from different affiliated organisations of the Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) joined to form a human chain at the front of Dhaka Press Club, Dhaka to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8 March. It coincided with the campaign theme “Eliminate Violence Against Working Women”