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UNI – STREETNET Integrated Programme, April 2006-August 2008

The programme consists of:

  • Exchange visits
  • Negotiations workshops
  • Negotiations Forums
  • UNI’s AOSP capacity-building programme for qualifying UNI and StreetNet affiliates



Left: Participants from SUSAS, SNTIN, SYNATREIN and SYNAFREIN at the negotiations skills training workshop for the informal economy workers’ organisations in Niger held in July 2006. Right: The second workshop held on 29-31 Jan 2007.

The informal economy workshops in Togo (left) and Benin (right) held in August, 2006.

Exchange Visits

Togo delegation visit to Bamako, Mali

Group photo with Les Pêcheurs Bozos de Bamako

The Togolese delegation visit to the Bamako Council

Benin exchange visit to Côte d'Ivoire 9 January-13 January 2007. Above - visit to Marché de Légumes de la R.A.N.

Field visit with Gèreants de Cabine de Cocody

Participant organisations


  • AHISSINON KPAN AKON: vendeurs et vendeuses de tissus et divers
  • UMADESEB: vendeurs et vendeuses des pièces de courant électrique
  • ADICOB : groupement de femmes vendeuses de fruits et légumes
  • ALLOGO: vendeurs et vendeuses de cahiers et fournitures scolaires
  • SYRRMAP-CSA (Syndicat des Revendeurs et Revendeuses de Parakou)
  • SYTRAMAP-CSA (Syndicat des Travailleurs des Marchés de Parakou)


  • Economie informelle (PRASEI)


  • COGEC (Collectif des Gérants de Cabine Cellulaire de Cocody)
  • Association des femmes du Marché Gouro d’Adjamé
  • Association des femmes du Marché de Treichville
  • Cooperative des femmes du Marché de Marcory


  • CNTG


  • FAFCEM (Fédération des Associations des Femmes Commerçantes et Entrepreneurs du Mali)
  • RENAFED-MALI (Réseau National des Femmes Entrepreneurs pour le Développement du Mali)
  • SYNACODEM (Syndicat National des Commerçants Détaillants du Mali)
  • CSTM


  • SNTIN: Vendeurs d’eau purifiée (Pure Water)
  • SUSAS: Vendeurs de médicaments dans la rue
  • SYNATREEN: Vendeurs de matériels électriques
  • SYNAFTRIN-USTN: Syndicat national des femmes travailleuses indépendantes
  • Economie informelle (PRASEI)


  • Association des femmes commerçantes du port
  • Association des femmes ambulantes de Sandaga
  • Association des femmes et jeunes de Rufisque
  • Dept. femmes de CNTS



StreetNet-UNI fact-finding mission to Francophone West Africa

StreetNet International Co-ordinator Pat Horn, and Zakari Koudougou, senior programme officer of the Global Union Federation UNI (Union Network International), met with organisations in eight West African countries during a two week trip from 10-25th October 2004, to gather information on informal economy organisation in the region. The fact-finding mission was the first step in a process of strengthening alliances and linkages between UNI affiliates in the commerce sector, informal economy trade union organisations and organisations of street and market traders and hawkers in Francophone Africa. During the visit, meetings were held with trade unions that are organising informal economy workers, with national trade union centres in the respective countries, and organisations of market and street vendors.

UNI-StreetNet workshop for East Francophone countries “Strengthening the capacity of the informal economy unions: strategies and plan of action in the short and medium term” was held in September 2006 in Cotonou, Benin. At the workshop a three-year programme was drafted by integrating country programmes that were prepared by participants.

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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).

StreetNet Discussion Document on:

  • North/South dynamics
  • Organisational self-reliance

Currently under discussion by StreetNet affiliates

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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