AZIEA shows the way to monitoring levy-collection in Zambia
StreetNet Affiliate from Zambia, the Alliance for Zambia Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) was launched in October 2002. Over the years, it has faced and overcome many challenges relating to the informal economy. These include the lack of government policy on the informal sector and its development; lack of its representation in policy dialogue and decision-making and the lack of mobility to organise, recruit and service members.
Promoting labour rights of Workers in the Informal Economy in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras
On July, 2016, representatives of Sindicato de Trabajadores Comerciantes Patentados y Afines de Costa Rica (SINTRACOPEA) and Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Vendedores de El Salvador (FESTIVES), both affiliated to StreetNet Internacional, participated in the Subregional Seminar "Effective experiences of transition to formality: Lessons learned and challenges in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras" organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
This Seminar is part of the activities of the ILO project "Promoting respect for labour rights of Workers in the Informal Economy in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras", which lasted 45 months (October 31st, 2012 - July 31st, 2016) and aimed to promote labour rights of Workers in the informal economy (decent work and social protection) by sensitizing them, increasing the organizational capacity and productivity of workers, and improving the capacity of local and national governments to meet the needs of workers in the informal economy in municipalities of Costa Rica (Desamparados Municipality), El Salvador (Santa Tecla Municipality) and Honduras (Central District Municipality -Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela).
Informal economy in Georgia: challenges and opportunities
Today we are going to discover another region of StreetNet family – Caucasus and talk about informal economy in Georgia.
Due to high level of unemployment in Georgia, the majority of the population is engaged in the informal economy sector. Unemployment in Georgia for many years was one of the most urgent problems. Furthermore, it had worse indicators in the whole region.
Informal employment is observed not only in agriculture but also in other fields of activity, such as: home-based workers, street vendors, domestic workers, private tutors and nurses, workers in family businesses, small producers, taxi drivers, construction workers and others.
“Cruel Treatment Of Street Vendors” In Colombia
Pedro Luis Ramirez B. is a member of StreetNet International`s (SI) Audit Team which forms part of StreetNet`s Executive Committee. He is also National President of the Unión General de Trabajadores en la Economía Informal UGTI-CUT (Colombia). Below he talks about the situation of street vendors in his country.
The world watches with complacency as the Colombian government prepares to sign a peace agreement between itself and the guerrillas of FARC. It is hoped this will end the political violence that has characterised the history of our country over the last 60 years. Most Colombians would want to express their support for this event.