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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NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

IRAN. Tehran's vendors battle the streets to survive. The Guardian (15 September 2014).

PHILIPPINES. Estrada's tents for Quiapo vendors irk 'legit' traders. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (14 September 2014) by Nathaniel R. Melican and Djan Arell G. Magbanua.

HONG KONG. Architects step in to street vendors row. Bangkok Post (15 September 2014).

GHANA. The Feasibility Of The Ban On Street Food. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (12 September 2014) by Zephaniah Kwesi Danaa.

USA. Vendy Awards to spotlight and honor city's best street vendors. AM New York (11 September 2014) by Ivan Pereira.

INDONESIA. Vendors adjust to new site at mall. The Jakarta Post (11 September 2014) by Josh Kelety.

ZIMBABWE. A day in the life of a female vendor. The Zimbabwean (10 September 2014) by Sofia Mapuranga.

INDIA. 269 street vendors to get identity cards soon. The Times of India (9 September 2014).

GLOBAL. International Study Finds Inclusive Practices Have Big Impact on Street Vendors and Their Households. PRWeb (9 September 2014). Five-city study from WIEGO examines impact of government policy and practice on street vendors' livelihoods.

INDONESIA. Editorial: Legalizing street vendors. The Jakarta Post (6 September 2014).

INDIA. 'Harassed' vendors want to meet PM. Deccan Herald (8 September 2014).

USA. The Untold Story of Women Vendors in New York. New America Media (8 September 2014).

MYANMAR. Street vendors to clean up their act. Myanmar Times (1 September 2014) by Ei Ei Thu and Myint Kay Thi.

USA. More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy. LA Times (6 September 2014) by Tiffany Hsu.

INDIA. Dabbawalas not under ambit of Street Vendors' Act. DNA India (2 September 2014) by Eknath Makne.

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