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Theme: Informal Economy
By Haviland, Charles.

Details the difficulties that tea harvesters face, including low wages (despite union negotiations) and rising costs, and the pressures brought to bear by a declining commodity price on the global market.

By Singh, Paras.

They are always overlooked when policy decisions are taken by the authorities. To put forward their plight, ragpickers from across the city gathered for a novel hearing on Tuesday. Their concerns included structural stumbling blocks like lack of identity cards, addition of hazardous waste in domestic garbage, and no anganwadis for their children, among other issues. The meeting was attended by senior corporation officials, NGOs and Member of Parliament from New Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi.

El candidato del PRI al Gobierno de la Ciudad, Mikel Arriola, garantizó seguridad social a los comerciantes informales, incluso antes de la elección. Precisó que recurriría a los programas federales además de que se integrarían fondos blandos para poder ser beneficiarios del seguro social.

Republic of Korea Trash pickers desperate as China stops imports. The Korea Times . (8 April 2018)
By Dong-hwan, Ko.

Trash pickers who make a living selling discarded cardboard boxes and other recyclable waste are getting desperate because rates have plummeted following China's decision not buy more waste from Korea.

Senegalese street vendors staged a fashion show Friday in Barcelona to present their own clothing line of "legal clothes made by illegal immigrants", the slogan of their new campaign to get off the streets.

By Dias, Sonia.

With an increasing call for a new economic system, the circular economy has gained more attention. The circular economy aims to address our unsustainable path by decoupling “economic development from finite resource consumption,” according to a 2015 report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The transition toward this new economic model brings up a number of technical, financial and institutional challenges, as well as a particular political and ethical obstacle that is in need of greater consideration: how can the livelihoods of informal waste pickers – the 20-million-strong “green army” that has played a crucial role in recycling chains – be integrated appropriately into this new system?

The last 12 months have been bracketed by two catastrophic, and predictable, events: the collapse of the Koshe Garbage landfill on March 11, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the collapse of the Hulene Garbage landfill on February 19, 2018, in Maputo, Mozambique.[...]In both instances, the general reporting gave little or no notice to the gender dynamics in the tragedy. In Ethiopia, 75 women were killed by the avalanche of trash. In Mozambique, 12 women perished.

Transformational Change Leadership: WIEGO, Marty Chen Rockefeller Foundation . (8 March 2018)

Profile of WIEGO Co-Founder and Senior Advisor Marty Chen by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of their Transformational Change Leadership series for International Women's Day 2018.

Accra Ghana Waste Pickers Association appeals for health post citifmonline.com . (3 March 2018)

The Kpone Landfill and Biakoye Waste Pickers Association on Thursday appealed to government to assist them with a health post near the landfill site to provide first aid whenever there is an injury or a medical emergency.


The Association urged government, national and international development organizations to support them build their capacity and improve upon their operational capabilities.


The Chairman of the Association, Johnson Doe, made the appeal at Tema as they marked the World Waste Pickers Day under the theme: “One Day of Celebration, 364 Days of Struggle”.

Ghana Waste Pickers Association Appeals for Health Post Ghana News Agency . (2 March 2018)
By Adams, Kodjo.

The Kpone Landfill and Biakoye Waste Pickers Association on Thursday appealed to government to assist them with a health post near the landfill site to provide first aid in times of injuries and medical emergency. 

 

The Association urged government, national and international development organizations to support them through capacity building and improve upon their operational capabilities.