Impact of the Inclusive Cities Project

What can membership-based organizations (MBOs) of urban informal workers achieve when they are empowered?

Between 2008 and 2014, under the leadership of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), MBOs of the working poor, international networks of MBOs, and technical support organizations came together in the Inclusive Cities Project. The aim of the project was to improve the situation of the urban working poor.

Inclusive Cities partners worked to strengthen MBOs in organizing, policy analysis, and advocacy skills so urban informal workers gained the tools necessary to make themselves heard in urban planning processes.

Together, Inclusive Cities partners opened new dialogues with cities, improved worker occupational health and safety, fought workplace evictions, improved worker status in the value chain, fought for inclusion in urban plans, and ultimately gained inclusion in city processes.

To highlight the impact these workers and their organizations have had thus far in their cities, and to inspire other worker groups to adapt these approaches in their own cities, Inclusive Cities partners have written extensive case studies on what they were trying to achieve, how they went about achieving it, and what challenges they faced along the way.

The pages in this Impact section highlight case studies from 6 key cities (Accra, Ahmedabad, Bangkok, Bogota, Delhi and Durban) and offer extensive resources informal workers, city officials, and policymakers and planners can use to develop inclusive cities: cities that ensure all residents – including the urban working poor – have a representative voice in governance, planning, and budgeting processes and have access to secure and dignified livelihoods, affordable housing, and basic services.