History

StreetNet International alliance of street vendors 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.

Through StreetNet, member organizations should gain an understanding of the common problems of street vendors, develop new ideas for strengthening their organizing and advocacy efforts, and join in international campaigns to promote policies and actions that can contribute to improving the lives of millions of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers around the world.

Representatives from four organisations, in particular, have played a key role in the genesis and evolution of StreetNet International: the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, India; the Self-Employed Women’s Union (SEWU) in Durban, South Africa; Women’s World Banking in New York, and the International Coalition of Women and Credit in New York. StreetNet is supported by the action research of Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO) – primarily its Urban Policies Programme.

Background

A StreetNet office was set up in Durban, South Africa, early in 2000. The three-year preparation for the international launch of StreetNet in November 2002 included regional street vendors’ workshops which were held in Latin America (Lima, Peru, February 2001) and Asia (Patna, India, February 2002) and Africa (Accra, Ghana, May 2002). Initial field trips were also made by the International Co-ordinator in 2000 and 2001 to meet organizations of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers, visiting Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia. As a result of some of these field trips new alliances were formed, such as the Nairobi Hawkers Alliance (2001) and the Kisumu Alliance of Street Vendors (2002) and Informal Traders in Kenya, and the Alliance of Zambia, Informal Economy Associations (October 2002). In South Africa, some visits to the Eastern Cape province resulted in the formation of the Eastern Cape Alliance of Street Vendors in May 2002.

Priorities

  • Building and expanding StreetNet International;
  • Identifying organizations organizing and/or representing street vendors, market vendors, hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors), vendor leaders, and encouraging them to join StreetNet;
  • Involving member organizations in international campaigns to improve the lives of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers;
  • Designing and implementing suitable organizational support programmes to strengthen member organizations.
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USA. Street vendors weigh in on 2015 All-Star game restrictions. Fox 19 (6 July 2014) by Ben Katko.

EGYPT. Survey analysis on street vendors. Daily News Egypt (6 July 2014).

CHINA. Look: Guangzhou chengguan officers decide to go 'gentle' on street vendors. Shanghaiist in News (6 July 2014).

INDIA. Odisha: BMC to streamline street vendors soon. Orissa Diary (6 July 2014) by Priyabrata Nayak Bhubaneswar.

INDONESIA. New street-vendor system set for 6-month trial. The Jakarta Post (5 July 2014).

NEPAL. Street vendors urge govt to give them some leeway. My Republica (4 July 2014) by Sangeet Sangroula.

EGYPT. Egypt, The Cruel Logic Of Al-Sisi's Crackdown On Street Vendors. Worldcrunch (4 July 2014) by Passant Rabie.

THAILAND. Police to clampdown on street vendors in congested spots from August onwards. NNT ( 1 July 2014).

SOUTH AFRICA. Cops who torment hawkers to be booted. IOL News (1 July 2014) by Kennedy Mudzuli.

INDIA. M'lore: Street vendors protest demolition of petty shops. Daijiworld Media Network (30 June 2014).

USA. GA Supreme Court refuses to hear street vendor appeal. Atlanta in Town Paper (30 June 2014).

UGANDA. KCCA auctions impounded vendors' goods. New Vision (27 June 2014) by Juliet Waiswa.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: The Plight of Informal Street Traders. All Africa (26 June 2014) by Barbara Maregele and Adam Armstrong.

UGANDA. Hawkers jailed for selling merchandise on Kampala streets. New Vision (26 June 2014) by Clare Muhindo.

ZAMBIA. Lusaka City Council to meet street vendors for a dialog. Lukasa Times (24 June 2014).

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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