Garment Worker News 3 August 2014

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Garment Workers, Thailand, Photo by L. Tuttle

(English) UK & CAMBODIA. Help Cambodia’s garment workers, unions urge Business Secretary. The Independent (3 August 2014). The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, must force British clothing companies to investigate whether garments sourced from Cambodia are made at factories with fair labour practices, the unions have warned. BANGLADESH. Tuba Group workers begin fast-unto-death. Prothom Alo (29… Read more »

Waste Pickers News 3 August 2014

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Waste Pickers, Pune, Photo by Julian Luckham

(English) INDIA. 10 lessons for doing business with base of the pyramid markets. The Guardian (31 July 2014). In a recent online discussion experts shared their views on how businesses could best serve the lowest income populations – from business model adaption to the risk of exploitation. BRASIL. ASU Energy Center to help improve life… Read more »

Street Vendor News 3 August 2014

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Vendedores Ambulantes, Ghana, Photo by M. Chen

(English) INDIA. MCG to verify data on street vendors’ survey. The Times of India (3 August 2014). The municipal corporation of Gurgaon has set up a committee to verify a survey conducted by a private agency on the number of street vendors in the city.   UGANDA. KCCA councillors reject Usafi deal. New Vision (2… Read more »

Shrinking Inequalities in Latin America — A Response to the Economist’s “Securing Livelihoods” Edition

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Sonia Dias with waste pickers in Belo Horizonte

By Sonia Dias, WIEGO Waste Sector Specialist “Securing Livelihoods,” the special edition of the Economist produced in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, acknowledges that there is a general trend towards increase of inequality with the exception of LatinAmerica (For richer, for poorer), but it fails to pinpoint why inequality is shrinking in that part of… Read more »

Garment Worker News 20 July 2014

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Garment workers, Thailand

(English) BANGLADESH. The day the Rana Plaza garment workers died: New documentary tells the stories of those who survived the collapse of a clothing factory near Dhaka. The Independant (20 July 2014) by Jonathan Owen. A year on from the tragedy, Ms Begum is one of several survivors remembering their ordeal in a new documentary…. Read more »