Informal Economy

Waste collectors: "In developing countries huge numbers of women, men and children collect sort and sell waste from households, streets, factories and offices, dumps, canals and rivers in order to make a living. They play a vital role in ensuring the cleanliness of cities, reducing costs of raw materials through re-cycling and in improving the environment" (StreetNet News # 5).

Case study on Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (Trade Union of Waste-pickers), Chikarmane, Poornima and Laxmi Narayan, 2005 (link to WIEGO website).

Organising Waste Management Workers, the South African Experience, 2004, ILO, Geneva.

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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