With the establishment of the Provisional Coordinating Committee, one can say that a significant milestone has been accomplished for the creation of the National Alliance of street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).
The seminar organised in Kinshasa in the DRC capital, which was held at the Rehabilitation Center for the Physically Disabled from 22nd to 24th of August 2013, brought together three national trade union centres (UNTC - CSC - CFDT), the national union of vendors of Congo (SNVC) and two affiliates of StreetNet in Congo (LDFC - ASSOVACO).
According to the recommendations of the meetings, the provisional committee made up of 5 people from informal organisations has a mandate of 18 months to achieve the following:
Popularise the work of the National Alliance
Monitor progress in terms of organisation in the provinces and recruit more associations to ensure inclusion
Resolve disputes that may occur between the associations.
Support associations with problems
Temporarily represent informal traders where their voice is needed
Report to the National Workshop in 2015
- Discussion of a draft constitution prepared by StreetNet incorporating the conclusions of the 2013 Kinshasa workshop
- Organise an Inter trade-union meeting for discussion of a program organisation in the provinces
- Management of the program organisation in the provinces
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
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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.
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