The Inclusive Cities project aims to strengthen membership-based organizations (MBOs) of the working poor in the areas of organizing, policy analysis and advocacy, in order to ensure that urban informal workers have the tools to make themselves heard within urban planning processes. Inclusive Cities is a collaboration between MBOs of the working poor, international alliances of MBOs and those supporting the work of MBOs.
Inclusive Cities Partners Highlight the Contribution of Informal Workers at World Urban Forum 7
During the recent World Urban Forum (April 5-11), researchers, practitioners, organizers and informal worker representatives with the Inclusive Cities Project joined together to highlight the contribution of urban informal workers and to call for greater inclusion of informal workers in the policies and planning that impact their livelihoods. Read more…
Update on the Phephanathi Project Delivered at WUF 7
In April 2013, WIEGO Social Protection Programme Researcher, Laura Alfers, participated in the Networking Event “Health of Precarious Workers of Selected Sectors in Metropolitan Central Areas” at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.
The event focused on the health of precarious/vulnerable workers of the urban economy, particularly the poorest strata, who bear the brunt of health problems in metropolitan areas. In developing countries, securing proper health conditions for workers is an important aspect of urban poverty alleviation as well as one of the key ingredients to construct equity and social justice. Learn more.
Final Inclusive Cities
Annual Learning Meeting
On April 1st and 2nd, the Inclusive Cities partners met in Bogotà, Colombia for the project’s final Annual Learning Meeting for this phase of the joint project. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the initial findings of the project evaluation. Read now…
India’s National Law on Street Vendors Designed to Make Cities More Inclusive
In February 2014, the decades-long struggle of street vendors in India to secure a national law culminated in the passage of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act through India’s upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha. Learn about the decades of work that went into the bill…
A Step in the Right Direction
for Street Vending in Lima
In a soon-to-be-released study conducted by Women in Informal Economy: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) in partnership with the FederaciónDepartamental de Vendedores Ambulantes de Lima y Callao (FEDEVAL), a group of street vendors from Lima identified the problems they face in securing their livelihoods. Among other things, vendors talked about the hurdles that policies and practices from the city government represent to their livelihoods. In particular, they spoke about difficulties in obtaining licences to operate in public spaces. Without these, vendors are vulnerable to potential evictions and confiscation of their merchandise by municipal authorities. Learn more…
Regional Conference Adopts an Asian Cities Declaration on Home-Based Workers
In May, a two and a half day regional conference of city authorities on home-based workers took place in Thailand. At the conference, an “Asian Cities Declaration” was adopted that will serve as a roadmap for governments and city authorities to address the issues of home-based workers in South and South East Asia. Read more... >>
A Cloud of Uncertainty for Waste Pickers in Bogota
Gustavo Petro was reinstated as Mayor of Bogota back in April, but the fate of the waste management system he established is far from clear. And this uncertainty is a source of worry for Bogota’s waste pickers. Read now…
Global Alliance of Waste Pickers Newsletter
We are happy to share with you the 9th edition of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers newsletter, “Struggles and Victories: Waste Pickers on the Frontline.” Read now…
IEMS Reports Now Available
The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) is designed to provide credible, grounded evidence of the range of driving forces, both positive and negative, that affect conditions of work in the urban informal economy in 10 cities over time. Specifically, it examines how home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers are affected by, and respond to, macroeconomic trends, urban policies and practices, value chain dynamics, and other economic and social forces.
The Informal Economy Monitoring Study Sector Report Home-Based Workers is now available for download from the Inclusive Cities website. This report synthesizes qualitative and quantitative data from the first (2012) round of IEMS fieldwork in the home-based work sector in three cities: Ahmedabad, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Lahore, Pakistan. Visit the IEMS Sector page for Home-Based Workers: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-home-based-workers-sector-report/
Visit city pages for Accra, Bangkok, Belo Horizonte, Bogota, Durban and Nakuru for city-level findings. Information for additional cities will be available soon at http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems/
Publications and Resources
Akhtar, Sajjad and Joann Vanek. 2013. Home-Based Workers in Pakistan: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 9.
Alfers, Laura. 2013. The Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme: Barriers to Access for Informal Workers. WIEGO Working Paper (Social Protection) No. 30
Alfers, Laura and Francie Lund. 2012. Participatory Policy Making: Lessons from Thailand’s Universal Coverage Scheme. WIEGO Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 11.
Anyidoho, Nana Akua. 2013. Informal Economy Monitoring Study: Street Vendors in Accra, Ghana. Inclusive Cities and WIEGO. Visit the Accra page for city report, policy recommendations and executive summaries: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-accra/
Budlender, Debbie 2013. Informal Workers and Collective Bargaining: Five Case Studies. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 9.
Carré, Françoise 2013. Defining and Categorizing Organizations of Informal Workers in Developing and Developed Countries. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 8.
Chen, Martha Alter. 2014. Informal Economy Monitoring Study Sector Report: Home-Based Workers. Cambridge, MA, USA: WIEGO. Visit the IEMS Home-Based Worker page: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-home-based-workers-sector-report/
Horn, Zoe, Boonsom Namsonboon, and Poonsap Suanmuang Tulaphan. 2013. Informal Economy Monitoring Study: Home-based Workers in Bangkok, Thailand. Inclusive Cities and WIEGO. Visit the Bangkok page for city report, policy recommendations and executive summaries: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-bangkok/
Lubaale, Grace N. and Owen Nyang’oro. 2013. Informal Economy Monitoring Study: Street Vendors in Nakuru, Kenya. Inclusive Cities and WIEGO. Visit the Nakuru page for city report, policy recommendations and executive summaries: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-nakuru/
Lubaale, Grace N. and Owen Nyang’oro. 2013. Informal Economy Monitoring Study: Waste Pickers in Nakuru, Kenya. Inclusive Cities and WIEGO. Visit the Nakuru page for city report, policy recommendations and executive summaries: http://www.inclusivecities.org/iems-nakuru/
Mahmud, Simeen. 2014. Home-Based Workers in Bangladesh: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 12.
Spooner, Dave 2013. Challenges and Experiences in Organizing Home-Based Workers in Bulgaria. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 7.
Raveendran, Govindan and Joann Vanek. 2013. Statistics on Home-Based Workers in Nepal. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 11.
Raveendran, Govindan, Ratna M. Sudarshan and Joann Vanek. 2013. Home-Based Workers in India: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 10.
Wintour, Nora. 2013. World Cup for All: A Portrait of Street Vendors’ Organizations in the World Cup Host Cities in Brazil. Inclusive Cities.
Acosta Táutiva, Angélica y Rovitzon Ortiz Olaya.2013. Estudio de Monitoreo de la Economía Informal: Recicladoras y recicladores de Bogotá, Colombia. Ciudades Inclusivas y WIEGO. Visite la página de Bogotá para el informe de la ciudad, las recomedaciones de política y los resúmenes ejecutivos: http://www.inclusivecities.org/es/emei-bogota/
Ogando, Ana Carolina e Marina Brito com Ângela Rosane Oliveira e Sonia Dias. Estudo de Monitoramento de Economia Informal: Catadoras e Catadores em Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Cidades Inclusivas e WIEGO. Visite a página de Belo Horizonte: http://www.inclusivecities.org/pt/emei-belo-horizonte/