Party Political Policy

This international congress, NOTING

1. That street vendors, market vendors and hawkers probably now represent a third of the urban informal workforce around the world;

2. That vendors seek the right to vend without harassment and to have regular selling spaces in places that customers frequent, storage and child care facilities, and basic infrastructure such as water, shelter and toilets;

3. That it is common for political parties to promise to provide for the needs of vendors in order to secure their votes, but that such promises are not always kept;

4. That some street and market vendors’ organizations are controlled by political parties and do not enjoy the independence or capacity to determine their own policies and practices;

5. That vendors’ organizations which are affiliated to political parties are particularly vulnerable when their political parties fail to win in elections.


1. That StreetNet International will retain a position of neutrality in relation to all political parties in all the countries where StreetNet has member organizations;

2. That StreetNet member organizations will have the right to each decide on their own policies regarding their relationship to political parties, but those who have chosen party-political affiliation will not impose their choice on StreetNet or other member organizations, including member organizations from the same country;

3. That StreetNet will support policies which are favourable to street and market vendors and hawkers only on the basis of the issues;

4. That StreetNet will equally pressurize and lobby all political parties and governments in all countries to support the policies on the regulation and development of services and facilities for street and market vendors and hawkers which StreetNet is promoting.


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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