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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
United States of America Street vendors accuse city workers of destroying pushcarts. New York Post . (27 April 2017)
By Whitehouse, Kaja.

Two NYC street vendors have aimed a class-action lawsuit against New York City, claiming hundreds like them have had their civil rights trampled on when city workers destroyed their pushcarts without warning.

By Poon, Linda.

Yet the Thai government has long been on a mission to "clean up" the streets and "return the pavements to the pedestrians."

United States of America A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor The New York Times . (18 April 2017)
By Tejal, Rao.

This article describes a day in the life of Kabir Ahmed, a food vendor in New York City. It includes a description of the regulatory barriers that he and other vendors face in the city, and the efforts of the Street Vendor Project to advocate for reform:

 

"He applied for a food vendor’s license, took a required health and safety class, bought a used cart and took it for an inspection by city officials. (The health department inspects carts at least once a year, and more frequently if a violation is reported.)

Mr. Ahmed still needed a food-vending permit, though, and because of a cap on permits imposed in the 1980s, only 4,000 or so circulate. He acquired his from a permit owner who has charged him and his partner $25,000 for two-year leases (for a permit that cost the owner just $200), which they are still paying off.

A day ago, Mr. Ahmed received a text message: 100 vendors were protesting the cap. Organized by the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit group that is part of the Urban Justice Center and offers legal representation to city vendors, they hoped to pressure the City Council to pass legislation introduced last fall that would double the number of food-vending permits, gradually, over the next seven years. Mr. Ahmed, who believes the costs for those starting out should be more manageable, wanted to join them, but like many vendors, he couldn’t get away from work."

States are not doing enough to implement the Street Vendors Act 2014 that aims at protection of street vendor rights, this has been revealed by the study conducted by think tank Centre for Civil society (CCS).  In the Street Vendors Act Compliance Index, the think tank studied the status of compliance of the act in 23 states of the country.

By Holmes, Oliver.

The City has just scooped CNN poll but official says 'every street vendor will have to move out' by end of 2017.

By Singh, Surbhi Gloria.

"We came across selective compliance by many states where one parameter has been implemented but other complementing parameters have been ignored," said Prashant Narang, head of iJustice, CCS.

Nigeria Hawkers, buyers in traffic bag prison terms in Lagos. Nigerian Tribune . (11 April 2017)
By Badmus, Bola.

Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps Agency (LASECORPS) otherwise known as Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) has begun a crackdown on those involved in street trading, as it arrested, prosecuted and sent to jail at the weekend hawkers in traffic and motorists who patronised them along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Oshodi axis of the state.

India Street vendors see a ray of hope in Yogi Hindustan Times . (10 April 2017)
By Srivastava, Anupam.

In a city where a vendor immolated himself at the office of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) in 2005, the plan of chief minister Yogi Adityanath to create vending zones has come as a ray of hope for many.

South Africa ANC members, hawkers clash in JHB. Eye Witness News . (10 April 2017)
By Magwedze, Hitekani.

Police intervened in a clash between African National Congress members and hawkers at the Bree Street Taxi Rank in Johannesburg.

By Anas, Azm.

In Dhaka, the UN, the Dutch and two city governments teamed up to make street eats safer.