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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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NewsBox, 2 - 15 March 2015


ZIMBABWE. First Lady`s Empathy On Vendors Misunderstood. All Africa (13 March 2015). She reminded the police officers that some of them had qualified to join the force because their mothers had sent them to school from the proceeds of street vending.

UK. Street traders` petition passes 5,000 mark. Essex County Standard (13 March 2015) by Andrea Collitt. The petition, seeking the right for the street traders to stay where they are, had 5,000 signatures by Wednesday.

SINGAPORE. Year-long SG50 festivities to highlight hawker food, local music. Channel News Asia (12 March 2015). The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said it is important to celebrate Singapore`s heritage and culture, adding that the idea of a "distinctive Singaporean culture" is still relatively new and evolving.

MEXICO. Tacos are on credit as street vendors in Mexico use apps. The Globe and Mail (12 March 2015) by Patricia Laya. In Mexico city, known for its sprawling street markets, consumers are shunning cash and opting for credit cards they swipe on merchants` smartphones to pay for everything from shoes to tacos.

INDIA. Vendor goods being seized under anti-sabotage measures: HC told. Zee News (8 March 2015). An association for street vendors has alleged before Delhi High Court that goods of roadside sellers were being seized by police as part of its "anti- sabotage measures", which the organisation has dubbed as a "fresh modus operandi" to harass squatters.

INDIA. Asi Permission Awaited For Building Shops. NewsHub (7 March 2015). The Vellore Corporation is waiting for permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to go ahead with the construction of shops for street vendors on the old fish market premises on Anna Salai.

AFRICA. Why Africa`s Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning. City Lab (3 March 2015) Sam Sturgis.  According to the article, the bond was going to fund a new market hall, where street vendors could sell their goods in a more formal exchange.

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