Background of Campaign

As India has become more urbanized, there is also been an increase in the number of people living in cities. The Latest NSSO Survey reports there are over 80 million people living in the cities and towns of India. For this reason, the cities are in a rush to provide modern infrastructure facilities, transport, housing, and ‘quality of life to all’. The concept of "World Class Cities" is also increasing all over the World and has made cities enter into competition with each other for capital investment, tourism, public funds and hosting events such as Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.

Obviously, such competition calls for improvements in infrastructure, transport, housing (no slums), employment, quality of life and so on but it leaves no hope for the lives of street vendors, street children, beggars and others. Admittedly, Street Vendors provide valuable service to the urban population while trying to earn a livelihood and it is the duty of the State to protect the right of this segment of population to earn a decent livelihood. Over the past few decades we can observe that there is a substantial increase in the number of hawkers in the major Indian cities. To protect the livelihood of street vendors from forced evictions during the preparation for hosting events, it is necessary to advocate that the "World Class Cities" should be created by treating the street vendors as a special component of the urban development/zoning plans and as an integral and legitimate part of the urban distribution system. The World Class Cities FOR ALL Campaign is expected to organize more street vendor’s organizations in India to struggle collectively to persuade the government to take policy initiatives which not only secure livelihood of more than a crore street vendors but it will also regulate street vendors, thereby creating better and beautiful world class cities in which we all long to live.

Objectives of the Campaign:

  1. To sensitize the street vendors to organize themselves for better negotiation and collective bargaining with the Government to build the "World Class Cities for All".
  2. To organize the mass meetings in Mega cities to draw the attention of government and public for the cause of the street vendors.
  3. To meet the municipal authorities and submit memorandum to implement the National policy for urban street vendors-2009.
  4. To pressurize and persuade the municipal authorities to make inclusive master plans with the participation of street vendors.
  5. To submit a proposals for innovative model markets, women markets and weekly markets
  6. To sensitize the public on the affordable services of Street vendors.
  7. To call for the press meetings to rope the media for mass campaign.
  8. To Produce and distribute the campaign posters/pamphlets to popularize the campaign among the street vendors and public.

Campaign Cities

Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai are the Metropolitan cities chosen for the "World Class Cities for All" Campaign. The cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata(Calcutta),Bangalore and Chennai have large populations of street vendors and are situated in different parts of the country namely Delhi in Northern India, Mumbai in Western India, Calcutta in Eastern India ,Chennai and Bangalore in Southern India.

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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