StreetNet International commissions action research on street vendors in the World Cup host cities

Starting in May 2011, StreetNet International, in partnership with the CUT Brazil and the Gaspar Garcia Centre for Human Rights, has commissioned a research project to identify and record the main demands of the different street vendors` associations in the 12 World Cup host cities. The research will also seek to highlight the potential impact of the World Cup on the livelihoods of street vendors.

This project is being undertaken within the framework of the World Class Cities for All Campaign, launched by StreetNet International in association with other social movements prior to the World Cup in South Africa. In South Africa, despite promises of consultation and dialogue, in many host cities, street vendors found they were subject to harassment and evictions and they were banned from selling around the stadiums and fan parks. So instead of the World Cup offering opportunities for the urban poor, it resulted in a net decrease in their incomes.

"This World Cup is not for us poor people" is a series of interviews with street vendors from South Africa which highlights the extremely precarious livelihoods of the street vendors, the majority of whom are women seeking to earn an honest living in order to support their children. The issue of the rights of street vendors, and their exclusion during the World Cup, has been supported by many other organizations, including members of Nelson Mandela`s group of Elders.

Once this first phase of the research has been completed, StreetNet and the CUT will host a workshop in October to review the results, and discuss next steps with the street vendors` organizations and their allies. It is hoped to develop a set of demands to the local municipalities to ensure that mechanisms for consultation and dialogue are established, that were possible social solidarity economy organizations are given trading spaces in the stadiums and fan parks. Another possibility is to develop a code of conduct to present to FIFA and which would govern relations between street vendors and FIFA. For more information, contact stnet@iafrica.org

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NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

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