StreetNet International has published a report about informal traders’ organisations in the 12 host cities of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This report documents the quagmire of conflicting regulations and licenses that informal traders confront and the lack of interest or outright hostility of Municipal authorities towards their situation. “It is apparent that the traders’ situation is deteriorating as municipal authorities try to sweep signs of urban poverty off the streets in preparation for the World Cup’’explained Nora Wintour, Campaigns Coordinator of StreetNet International.
The research was conducted over the period May – October 2011 and was conceived as preliminary step to establishing the World Class Cities for All Campaign (WCCA) in Brazil.
The research was conceived as an “action-research” programme designed to build the capacity of informal traders’ leaders to work together within a national perspective. The researchers used a semi-structured questionnaire to carry out personal interviews with leaders of the street trader organisations. The researchers also interviews social movements, government authorities, NGOs and university departments concerned with urban planning.
The main areas of inquiry include:
The researchers identified a total of 89 street traders’ organisations in 10 host cities. Most organisations cover specific zones in the city and are registered as associations. There is a marked fragmentation and division among the organisations. The organisations work in a relatively isolated manner at municipal level and have not developed State level coordination structures, let alone a national network
StreetNet International will be writing to all the 12 municipalities, which are World Cup host cities, requesting that they enter into a dialogue with the representative organisations of informal traders with a view to improving existing regulations and providing them with appropriate sites.
The study was carried out by three researchers, Emily de Andrade Costa, Marina Brito and Maira Vanucchi, who counted on technical support from Luciana Itikawa of the Gaspar Garcia Centre for Human Rights and Sonia Dias, WIEGO. The project was coordinated by the StreetNet International campaigns coordinator, Nora Wintour.
For more information contact:
Media and Publicity Officer
+27 72 2577 317
Maira Vanucchi, Brazil
StreetNet, Campaigns Coordinator
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