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Theme: Informal Economy
Program(s): Urban Policies
By Chatterjee, Patralekha.

"WEIGO advocates are making this case here this week as world leaders and thousands of others meet for the four-day Habitat III summit on urban development, which wraps up Thursday In particular, they are urging national and local governments to support the urban informal economy. The group released a paper here this week listing the sector-specific needs of urban informal workers from local and national governments."

Comfort Dryden of the WIEGO Delegation at Habitat III featured in a video by Next City speaking on inclusion of urban informal workers. A related video by Next City and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is available on YouTube.

"This May, Cities Alliance members gathered in London to launch the partnership’s newest Joint Work Programme, on Equitable Economic Growth." WIEGO is one of the Cities Alliance members and this article includes information from WIEGO's International Coordinator, Marty Chen.


Today, a delegation of informal workers at the Third Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom3) voiced their objections to the current draft of the New Urban Agenda. Recent changes after negotiations with Country Governments have resulted in a weaker version of the document which has dropped earlier references to a much-needed, more participatory approach to urban planning with communities, including informal worker organizations.

A Resilient City Doesn’t Stop at Flood Gates ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability . (7 July 2016)
By Stabler, Lauren .

During the 2016 Resilient Cities Conference, representatives of the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Labour Organization, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and IIED make a strong case for inclusivity, in "Inclusive governance: partnering with communities and marginalized groups" session, from which four key lessons can be drawn for urban climate resilience:

  1. A resilient city doesn’t stop at flood gates.
  2. We are only as strong as the most marginalized groups of society.
  3. Solutions resulting from participatory processes are simply better solutions.
  4. Participatory processes should be safe, empowering and build off of existing social structures.

Read more about the Resilient Cities Conference.

South África Migrant Entrepreneurs and Inclusive Growth Iono FM . (9 February 2015)
By Skinner, Caroline.

The Talkshop With Naledi Moleo, "Migrant Entrepreneurs and Inclusive Growth". An interview with WIEGO's Urban Policies Program Director, Caroline Skinner.

By Sapa, .

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has upwardly adjusted domestic workers' annual wages in line with the new minimum wage, her office said on Tuesday.

Colombia World Cities' Day . (31 October 2014)
By Hughes, Kendra.

October 31, 2014 marked the first World Cities Day celebration. World Cities Day was established by a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly in December of 2013. According to UN-HABITAT:


"World Cities Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and challenges in urbanization and contribute to sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the world."


The theme for the first every World Cities Day was "Leading Urban Transformation". To mark this day, Guardian Cities in partnership with UN-HABITAT held the World Cities Day Challenge. The Cities Day Challenge asked for representatives or organizations to submit a written description of their city's best idea in hopes that great ideas could be shared among cities around the world. The only caveat for the idea was that it had to be already or about to be implemented. From these submissions, 36 finalists were selected to present their city's idea in three-minute presentations which were followed by a question and answer session with a panel of judges and the public via a live blog and Twitter. Based on the questions and public response, a challenge winner was selected.


Federico Parra, WIEGO's Regional Coordinator for Waste Pickers in Latin America submitted an idea to the Cities Day Challenge for Bogota, Colombia related to efforts made to recognize and remunerate informal waste pickers. The submission, titled, "Let’s recognize, promote and compensate the work of waste pickers" was selected as one of the 36 finalists. On October 31st (the first ever World Cities Day), Federico presented Bogota's great idea - the recognition, promotion and remuneration of waste pickers via a video presentation and highlighted reasons why other cities should adopt Bogota's idea:


"Because recognizing waste pickers as an integral part of the solution to urban waste management, promoting their organizations, and remunerating their work, are crucial ways to make a more humane, more sustainable and more inclusive city."


Thanks to support for the project via social media and votes from the panel of judges, Federico's submission for Bogota was awarded third place in the Cities Day Challenge. First place was awarded to Porto Alegre's Gabriel Medeiros Gomes for Which Bus Stops Here – a project to create blank bus stickers on which city residents can write down bus route info while second place was awarded to Izmir's Can Sucuoglu for the floating docks project.


Federico's video presentation for the Cities Day Challenge which discussed Bogota's waste pickers can be found here.


Federico's submission and the judges' questions for the Cities Day Challenge can be read here.


Full coverage of the Cities Day Challenge via the Guardian Cities live blog can be found here.

South África South Africa: Govt Boosts Support for Informal Businesses All Africa . (25 October 2014)

Government will launch a fund that will support informal sector enterprises, especially in the townships, to achieve inclusive growth in the country's economy.

South África Street Traders in Cape Town Sustainable Cities Collective . (3 October 2014)
By Sassen, Sharyn.

Many occupations in the informal economy are not only important in their contribution to the GDP but also in their potential to build meaningful livelihoods that can shape the well-being of locals and cities alike.