Inclusive Cities Newsletter September 2012


Inclusive Cities Newsletter – September 2012


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.

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Feature Article


Informal Economy
Inclusive Cities at World Urban Forum

From August 31 – September 6, 2012, an Inclusive Cities delegation including informal workers, organizers and researchers from Asiye eTafuleni, REDLACRE, StreetNet International, SEWA, and WIEGO attended the World Urban Forum in Naples. The World Urban Forum is the largest UN meeting on cities and urban issues and is held biennially. The Inclusive Cities delegation highlighted that, in most cities, the majority of workers are informal and that these workers are making an important contribution. By including informal workers in municipal plans, cities realize social, economic and environmental benefits. Read more… >>


Street Vendors


A Goal for Brazil? Create Decent Work Opportunities For Street Vendors
With one month to go before the Mayoral elections in Brazil, StreetNet International, trade unions and social partners have written to 84 candidates in the host cities to call upon them to score a goal for their country by creating opportunities for decent work for street vendors. The letter is signed by the United Trade Union Centre (CUT) , the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA/CSA), the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), the General Union of Workers, and the Popular Committees of those Affected by the World Cup, together with StreetNet International. Read more… >>


Waste Pickers


Making Scrap Shops Part of the Solution
Often vilified for cheating waste pickers through unfair trade practices, scrap shop owners are nevertheless key players in the recycling industry, ones that we cannot afford to ignore. Waste pickers rely on them to buy their waste and give them small advances/loans, but waste pickers also suffer because of the owners’ high-handedness and lack of transparency. SWaCH has recently been working on a project that will help shop owners and waste pickers to work more cohesively together for mutual benefit. The campaign has two main areas of focus—first, to involve the shop owners in ensuring that there are no under-age waste pickers working in Pune; and second, to create a better working relationships with waste pickers by mutually agreeing on a fair and ethical way of doing business. Read more… >>


Home-based Workers


Workshop on Key Urban Issues of Home-based Workers in Kanpur
On August 23, 2012, HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet India and Hind Mahila Sabah hosted the two-day workshop Key Urban Issues of Kanpur’s Home-based Workers. Workshop attendees included representatives from HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet India, and networks that are part of HomeNet South East Asia—specifically from Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, where similar dialogues with city officials and agencies have been conducted. Workers, along with municipal and state officials, also learned about the Study of Key Urban Issues of Home-based Workers around Livelihood Concerns, which was initiated under the Inclusive Cities Project. The study is being implemented in 16 cities in seven countries across South Asia and South East Asia. So far, the findings have focused on issues such as those tied to electricity (illegal electricity, power cuts, electricity charged at higher commercial rates); lack of water supply; lack of drainage and sanitation; absence of public transport; poor housing conditions; no titles and tenure clearance; migration from other cities; and health issues around their livelihoods. Resolutions to address these issues were also created.
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Informal Workers and Legal Issues


AeT’s Law Project: The Conceptual Framework
Although Asiye eTafuleni’s (AeT) focus is in the realm of urban design and planning with informal workers, contending with legal matters has become unavoidable. AeT has developed an innovative conceptual model through which to help empower informal workers in legal matters. Read more… >>





Inclusive Cities Website
Inclusive Cities has recently undergone a website upgrade to better deliver good practices in policy and planning, research, and organizing to our core audiences of urban planners and policy makers, municipal officials, researchers, workers, and organizers. Since its launch in late August, the site has generated over 10,000 hits. With a now integrated blog, the site will be an excellent opportunity for all of our partners to feature their news, events, press releases and any other media. We are also able to direct visits to the Inclusive Cities website and to partner websites from Facebook and Twitter, where we have a combined following of over 14,000. Many of these followers are urban planners, policy makers, educators, researchers and organizations working with the urban poor. Inclusive Cities partners are encouraged to send us news on a regular basis. News can be sent to or


Publications and Studies


New Publications Available on the Inclusive Cities Website:

In English:


Chen, Martha A. 2012. The Informal Economy: Definitions, Theories and Policies. WIEGO Working Paper No. 1.
Chen, M. and D. Doane. 2008. Informality in Asia: A Review. WIEGO Working Paper No. 4.
Chen, M. and G. Raveendran. 2011. Urban Employment Trends in India: Recent Trends and Patterns. WIEGO Working Paper No. 7.
Heintz, James and Imraan Valodia. 2008. Informality in Africa: A Review. WIEGO WorkingPaper No. 3.
Herrera, J., Kuépié, M., Nordman, C., Oudin, X. and F. Roubaud. 2012. Informal Sector and Informal Employment: Overview of Data for 11 Cities in 10 Developing Countries. WIEGO Working Paper No. 9.
Kumar, Randhir. The Regularization of Street Vending in Bhubaneshwar, India: A Policy Model. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 7.
Lund, Frances. 2009. Social Protection, Citizenship and the Employment Relationship. WIEGO Working Paper (Social Protection) No. 10.
Lund, Frances and Anna Marriott. Occupational Health and Safety and the Poorest. WIEGO Working Paper No. 20.
Spooner, Dave and Celia Mather. 2012. Promoting the ILO Home Work Convention (C177) and the Rights of Homeworkers: A Manual for Workers’ Educators and Facilitators. Produced by the Global Labour Institute for HomeNet South Asia.
Tokman, Victor. 2010. Domestic Workers in Latin America: Statistics for New Policies. WIEGO Working Paper (Statistics) No. 17.



En español:

De Brito, Deia. 2012. Dios es mi despertador. Serie de WIEGO, Vida de los trabajadores No. 1.
Fernández, Lucia. 2012. Paisajes-basura: Dinámicas y Externalidades Territoriales del Reciclaje en Montevideo, Uruguay. Documento de Trabajo de WIEGO (Políticas Urbanas) No. 25.



Em português:


Dias, Sonia M..2011. Integração de Trabalhadores Informais na Coleta Seletiva de Recicláveis: o Caso de Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Resumos de Políticas da WIEGO (Políticas Urbanas) No. 4.
Goulart de Oliveira, F. e De Paula Antunes Lima, F. 2012. Eficiência e Solidariedade nas Associações de Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis. Working Paper da WIEGO (Políticas Urbanas) No. 22.