Informal Economy

Informal Economy
Bolstering Sustainable Development Goal 8 will require shifting the focus away from the national and enterprise level toward cities and local authorities.
Edmundo Werna October 10, 2017
World Bank study also makes some policy recommendations.
Amy Fallon October 4, 2017
Local officials need to focus on cleaner cooking fuel, solar energy and efficiency codes, says new report.
Carey L. Biron September 7, 2017
“Shanghai’s waste management sector is reaching a point of significant transition,” says a new report.
David Hatch August 17, 2017
The Thai capital’s attempt to ban the city’s popular food vendors prompted international outrage. But the most significant effects are being felt locally.
Sarah Reed and Sally Roever and Narumol Nirathron August 3, 2017
Pushed by grass-roots pressure, South Africa’s judicial system has shown real progress in turning the government’s focus from housing delivery to in situ upgrading of informal settlements.
Marie Huchzermeyer February 20, 2017

The tea vendors of India’s capital, many of whom are migrants, struggle to survive in a fast-changing city, Al Jazeera reports. 

November 10, 2016
The informal sector is here to stay. It is expanding. And increasingly, in many cities across the world, its face is feminine.
Patralekha Chatterjee October 20, 2016
Community groups want to show next month’s conference that answers begin at the bottom, not at the top.
Gregory Scruggs September 15, 2016
In late April, technical groups presented thematic findings around housing and sustainable urbanization to national governments at the United Nations. Here’s a summary of the last five papers and discussions.
Gregory Scruggs May 16, 2016
The Habitat III negotiations offer a unique opportunity to recognize the centrality of gender in urban policy and practice. But these will not be successful unless fundamental changes are incorporated.
Caroline Moser April 18, 2016
The New Urban Agenda must also bolster research and data-collection in slums, said delegates at formal talks in South Africa.
Brendon Bosworth April 12, 2016
India's street food vendors are mobilizing festivals and hygiene training programs in an attempt to win over policymakers and consumers.
Carlin Carr March 25, 2016

Street sellers, waste pickers and other informal workers deserve more recognition in city planning, Martha Chen writes in a blog post for the World Bank. 

February 11, 2016
Los trabajadores en empleo informal tuvieron importantes logros en 2015, pero éstos deben ser consolidados en Hábitat III.
Marty Chen January 4, 2016
Urban informal workers saw major gains in 2015, but these need to be consolidated at Habitat III.
Marty Chen January 4, 2016
The New Delhi Urban Thinkers Campus focused on the complexities of inclusive prosperity.
Patralekha Chatterjee October 13, 2015
Stakeholders can comment on report of first major New Urban Agenda engagement for one week, through 24 August.
Gregory Scruggs August 18, 2015

African cities need Asian-style urban food stalls that offer affordable meals and economic opportunity, Mail & Guardian Africa reports.

May 7, 2015

“Good Riddance” gives voice to garbage pickers in Johannesburg who are otherwise mostly invisible to society, Urban Joburg reports. 

March 19, 2015
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