These resources identify urban policy approaches and organizational practices that have led to securer livelihoods for home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers. The focus is on how informal workers experience policies and planning processes, infrastructure, service delivery programs and membership-based organizations.
India – The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India has been organizing home-based workers since its inception in the 1970s. It has developed, over the years, a multipronged and multi-layered strategy to holistically address the needs of home-based workers, who comprise nearly 30 per cent of SEWA’s members in Ahmedabad. Shalini Sinha presents an overview of SEWA’s interventions for the urban home-based workers, with a focus on Ahmedabad, the city in which SEWA was started and where it has been particularly active.
Sinha, Shalini. 2013. Supporting Women Home-Based Workers: The Approach of the Self-Employed Women’s, Association in India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 13.
India – For home-based workers, appropriate zoning that reflects the productive and reproductive roles of the home is important. Matt Nohn reflects on mixed use zoning options in an Indian context.
Nohn, Matt. 2011. Mixed-Use Zoning and Home-Based Production in India. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No.3.
India – Many of those who work informally live in informal settlements. Access to shelter, water and sanitation is a critical need. This is particularly the case for home-based workers since their homes double up as their workplace. Sara Rusling outlines the Mahila Housing Trust’s approach to slum upgrading in general and the impact of Parivartan slum upgrading programme in Ahmedabad in particular.
Rusling, S. 2010. Approaches to Basic Service Delivery for the Working Poor: Assessing the Impact of the Parivartan Slum Upgrading Programme in Ahmedabad, India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 1.
Thailand – One of the first things that strikes visitors to Bangkok is the sheer number and diversity of vendors on the streets, lanes (soi), and remaining waterways. The city is possibly one of the world’s “jewels” when it comes to selling goods and services in public spaces both day and night. How did this situation come to be, especially given the country’s evolving political and economic agenda? What are the cultural, economic, political and other broader social foundations of this situation, including the role of vendors themselves? What are the current opportunities and challenges associated with vending in public space in Bangkok and what can other contexts learn from the specific experience of Bangkok and vice-versa? In this brief, Gisèle Yasmeen & Narumol Nirathron answer some of those questions.
Yasmeen, Gisele and Nirathon, Narumol. 2014. Vending in Public Spaces: The Case for Bangkok. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 16.
India – India is one of the few countries in the world that has a national street vendor policy. Shalini Sinha and Sally Roever’s urban policy brief analyzes the process of securing this policy, its content and implementation.
Peru – Sally Roever has analyzed the Red de Mujeres (Women’s Network) and the Red de Comunicadores (Communicators’ Network) in Peru which are two cases of innovative organizational practices.
Roever, Sally. 2010. Organizing Street Vendors: ‘Gente de Confiar’ Radio Programme, Lima, Peru. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 2.
Roever, Sally. and Lissette A. Linares. 2010. Street Vendors Organizing: The Case of the Women’s Network (Red de Mujeres), Lima, Peru. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 1.
South Africa – The inner city transport interchange in Durban — the Warwick Junction — has been widely acknowledged as a case of good practice. Richard Dobson and Caroline Skinner detail how a small dedicated team of local authority officials, street traders and their leaders turned the area around – attention is paid to sector support, urban design, and urban management (crime and cleaning) solutions with a view to identifying lessons learned for other contexts.
Dobson, Richard and Caroline Skinner. 2009. Working in Warwick: Integrating Street Traders into Urban Plans. Durban: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Argentina – Buenos Aires is a case of a city that has progressively integrated waste pickers into urban plans. Pablo Schamber details this case.
Schamber, Pablo J. 2012. Proceso de integración de los cartoneros de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Del reconocimiento a la gestión de Centros Verdes y la recolección selectiva – Español (Waste Picker Integration Process of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. From Recognition to Green Management Centres and Selective Waste Collection) WIEGO Working Paper (Urban Policies) No. 24.
India – The trade union of waste pickers Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) and associated cooperatives in Pune provide another model of integrating waste pickers into municipal waste management. Poornima Chikarmane documents this case.
Chikarmane, Poornima. 2012. Integrating Waste Pickers into Municipal Solid Waste Management in Pune, India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 8.
Brazil – Brazil has made significant progress with integrating waste pickers into municipal waste management systems. Sonia Dias’ four policy briefs outline aspects of this case.
Dias, Sonia M. 2011. Recycling in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – An Overview of Inclusive Programming. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 3.
Dias, Sonia M. 2011. Integrating Informal Workers into Selective Waste Collection: The Case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 4.
Dias, Sonia M. 2011. The Municipal Waste and Citizenship Forum: A Platform for Social Inclusion and Participation. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 5.
Dias, Sonia M. 2011. Overview of the Legal Framework for Inclusion of Informal Recyclers in Solid Waste Management in Brazil. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 6.
Global – synthesis of organizing and policy practice:
Refusing to be Cast Aside: Waste Pickers Organizing around the World (2009) contains many of the current better practices in policy and organizing across the globe.