WIEGO’s work on the urban informal economy
In most cities in the global South, the majority of those who work, work in the informal economy. Cities that recognize informal workers and involve them in planning help create cleaner, greener, more socially responsive cities. More vibrant cities.
Reducing urban poverty requires reversing the current exclusionary trend of many modernizing cities. This requires fundamental rethinking and reshaping of urban spatial planning and zoning, urban regulations and laws, and urban policies to incorporate the working poor. To achieve this, representatives of the working poor must have a voice in urban planning processes.
WIEGO and its Inclusive Cities partners envision inclusive cities that value all people and their needs and contributions equally. Inclusive cities ensure all residents – including the urban working poor – have a representative voice in governance, planning, and budgeting processes. Inclusive cities ensure the working poor have access to secure and dignified livelihoods, affordable housing, and basic services such as water/sanitation and electricity supply.
The Inclusive Cities Project (2008-2014)
Launched in 2008, the Inclusive Cities project began as a collaboration of MBOs of the working poor, international alliances of MBOs and support organizations who worked together to improve the situation of the working poor. It strengthened MBOs in organizing, policy analysis, and advocacy so urban informal workers had the tools necessary to make themselves heard in urban planning processes.
Collaborative partners included:
- Asiye eTafuleni
- Avina Foundation
- HomeNet South Asia
- HomeNet South-east Asia
- Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat
- The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers
- Self-Employed Women’s Association
- StreetNet International
- Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
For general information about the Inclusive Cities project, media relations, and/or further contacts, please contact Demetria Tsoutouras.