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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
By Ayitey Read, Charles.

This follows a revealing press statement which indicates that some space has been granted street hawkers on the busy streets of Accra.

South Africa Rising prices hit street vendors in East London. The Daily Dispatch . (20 March 2017)
By Magadla, Qaqamba.

In February, Statistics SA said unemployment in the country had dropped to 26.5% in the fourth quarter. However, official figures for unemployment in the Eastern Cape put the number at 28.4%. In Buffalo City Metro, unemployment grew by a further 5.3% in the last quarter of 2016 - meaning about 26000 more people were in need of work.

Rwanda Rwanda: Former Street Vendors Breathe a Sigh of Relief. All Africa . (18 March 2017)
By Iradukunda, Ange Violette.

The vendors, locally known as "Abazunguzayi," were instructed to relocate to established markets with exemption from paying dues for about a year to help them stabilise.

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, 2.5bn people eat street food daily. The most recent study available, from 2007, found that Bangkok's 20,000 vendors provided residents with 40% of their food; two-thirds of households ate at least one meal a day on the street.

Ho Chi Minh City has announced plans to organize a street food area from June this year to support poor vendors affected by the sidewalk cleanup campaign and to preserve its street culture.

Bangladesh HC rules on govt over hawkers' rehabilitation in Dhaka. The Daily Star . (14 March 2017)

The High Court today issued a rule asking the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to rehabilitate the street hawkers by facilitating weekly markets in designated areas of Dhaka South City Corporation.

Accra Ghana AMA used ‘crude tactics’ to eject traders – Accra mayor Ghana Web . (13 March 2017)

Previous administrations of the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA) have used ineffective “crude tactics” to remove traders from authorised locations in the capital, the president’s nominee for AMA Chief Executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has suggested.

India ‘Delhi government failed to put in place street vending scheme’ The Sunday Guardian . (11 March 2017)
By Mondal, Dibyendu.

Arbind Singh, programme director of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) said, “The Delhi government failed to put in place  the street vending scheme as per the Act passed in Parliament in 2014.  The Delhi High Court had asserted that street 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.”

Zimbabwe Trade on the Streets, and Off the Books, Keeps Zimbabwe Afloat New York Times . (4 March 2017)
By Norimitsu Onishi and Jeffrey Moyomarch, .

Dusk falls and thousands of vendors fan out across central Harare. Through the night, they hawk their wares - vegetables, clothes, kitchen utensils, cellphones - from carts, wheelbarrows or even the pavement, transforming the city’s staid business district into a giant, freewheeling village market.

Mr. Lusambo has also instructed the local authority not to obtain a court order for their planned auction.