Informal Economy

Home-based workers: Home-based workers are pieceworkers who are paid for the work they produce from the space in which they live. They are often  one link in the chain of production and have no collective bargaining power to negotiate the terms of their labour with contractors. In South Asia alone there are about 50 million home-based workers, of whom 80 % are women. As a result of union organisation and demands for recognition as informal economy workers,  led by the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, the ILO ratified the Homeworkers Convention in 1996. The Convention has still to be ratified by many countries.

“Counting the Invisible Workforce: The Case of Homebased Workers”, Chen, Martha Alter, Jennefer Sebstad and Lesley O’Connell,1999, World Development, Vol. 27, No. 3  (link to Wiego website).

Home-based works in India: A disapearing continuim of dependence, Unni Jeemol and Uma Rani, 2004, Paper presented at the EGDI and UNU-WIDER conference, Helsinki, Finland (link to Wiego website).

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies