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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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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