Cooperation between Solidarity Center & Streetnet International: Programme launch in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Group photo for the participants of the StreetNet International delegation

Streetnet International and its two affiliates in Tanzania and Zimbabwe were invited to participate in the Solidarity Center’s planning meeting for the informal economy grant covering Zimbabwe and Tanzania,  held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 7-10 September 2015

The meeting witnessed the participation of:

  • The representatives of the participating unions, Tanzanian Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers(TUICO) and the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association(ZCIEA),
  • StreetNet International’s Regional Organizer for Africa and Educator
  • Solidarity Center’s key field personnel in the implementation of the program
  • The Solidarity Center’s Regional Program Director for Africa, Imani  Countess and StreetNet International Coordinator Pat Horn, also took an active part in the meeting.

This meeting was held according to the following programme:

Day One: Welcome and Introductions, Meeting expectations, Understanding StreetNet International, Understanding TUICO and its operating environment, Understanding ZCIEA and its environment Collecting Bargaining
Day Two: Collective Bargaining, Becoming Familiar with Available Educational Materials, Formalization of Informal Economy
Day Three: Promoting Participation, Bargaining, and Formalization for Urban Informal Workers in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, Program Implementation, Program Summary, RACI Matrix, Budget, Reporting
Day Four: Understanding Solidarity Center, Review of the meeting, Programme  Launch

Pictured are all participants of the meeting

The meeting provided a better understanding of the Program and the ILO’s core labor standards such as freedom of association among informal economy workers, on which The Solidarity Center is working with StreetNet International in Tanzania and in Zimbabwe.

This program will last for two years.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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