Informal Economy

Home-based workers: Home-based workers are pieceworkers who are paid for the work they produce from the space in which they live. They are often  one link in the chain of production and have no collective bargaining power to negotiate the terms of their labour with contractors. In South Asia alone there are about 50 million home-based workers, of whom 80 % are women. As a result of union organisation and demands for recognition as informal economy workers,  led by the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, the ILO ratified the Homeworkers Convention in 1996. The Convention has still to be ratified by many countries.

“Counting the Invisible Workforce: The Case of Homebased Workers”, Chen, Martha Alter, Jennefer Sebstad and Lesley O’Connell,1999, World Development, Vol. 27, No. 3  (link to Wiego website).

Home-based works in India: A disapearing continuim of dependence, Unni Jeemol and Uma Rani, 2004, Paper presented at the EGDI and UNU-WIDER conference, Helsinki, Finland (link to Wiego website).

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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