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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Vietnam What the future holds for Vietnam's street vendors. VN Express . (5 April 2017)

'Street vending is a vital component of city life that should be embraced and nurtured, not shut down.'

Georgia Street Vendors Offered Spaces at Tbilisi Markets. Georgia Today . (5 April 2017)

After banning street trading, the Mayor's office of Tbilisi offered new areas to street vendors in which they can work for free for the next six months.

South Africa Op-Ed: New Guide will assist Street Traders to Protect their Rights. Daily Maverick . (4 April 2017)
By Webster, Dennis.

It is often assumed that when work is informal, it is not protected, and that informal workers do not have rights. This is not true. Informal workers enjoy the same constitutional rights as everyone living in South Africa but they often do not receive the same protection from local governments as formal businesses do.

India India crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses hurts poor most, analysts say. Thomson Reuters Foundation . (31 March 2017)
By Chandran, Rina .

There are millions of workers in India's informal economy - a shadow economy worth at least a quarter of the annual gross domestic product, according to the World Bank. It includes daily wage earners, domestic workers, construction workers, leather tanners and those dependent on abattoirs. Despite a law to protect street vendors and a move to provide welfare benefits to informal workers, most have few rights or protections, even though they provide cheap products and services for millions of people.

Georgia Street vendors protest in Tbilisi. OC Media . (31 March 2017)
By Bordzikashvili, Sulkham.

Tbilisi City Hall started clearing the streets of vendors on 19 March and plans to continue the process from time to time in various locations around the city. They have proposed that street vendors sell in marketplaces in the city. But the sellers are dissatisfied because market owners usually allocate bad areas for them.

India Push to go digital at street vendors’ meet. The Hindu . (30 March 2017)
By Ayan, Sharma.

Street vendors from different parts of the country were urged at a conference on Wednesday to adopt digital platforms in order to sustain their business in today’s fast-changing market space. The push for digitisation came in a session called ‘Organising and Sustainability’ as part of the National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) in the city.

By Davis, Brett.

However, there are thousands of sidewalk vendors in the city, all of whom are seeing their livelihoods put in doubt. There is also the question of the essential character of the city, of which the thriving street-side food and drink vendors are an essential part.

By Saxena, Astha.

The Delhi High Court had asserted that the vendors should not be harassed till a conclusion is reached on the matter. Despite this, street vendors are being harassed by the police and corporations on a daily basis across Delhi," a National Association of Street Vendors of India member said.

By Budiari, Indra.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat has promised a microcredit scheme for street vendors in the capital if he and Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama are reelected.

India Gurgaon street vendors to file contempt case in Supreme Court Hindustan Times . (25 March 2017)
By Jha , Dhananjay.

NASVI said the apex court direction stands clear that rehris (street vendors) have to be relocated in the area in which they have been operating for the last few years. Following the direction of the court, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had set up a committee to rehabilitate the city’s street vendors in an organised manner.