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Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

Waste Pickers at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences

Waste pickers contribute to the conservation of natural resources and energy while reducing air and water pollution. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reuse of materials. Around the globe, waste pickers are organizing and fighting for recognition of their significant environmental contributions.

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS)

An in-depth study, led by WIEGO, into the realities that informal waste pickers, street vendors and home-based workers face in 10 cities on 3 continents generated a wealth of knowledge. This was leveraged by informal workers' organizations and led to positive outcomes.

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Strengthening the Role of Informal Waste Pickers

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Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

KKPKP, waste pickers, IndiaKKPKP is a trade union of wastepickers and itinerant scrap buyers registered in 1993, based in Pune, India. KKPKP uses the twin strategies of peaceful non-violent protest and resistance and development of alternatives, to mobilize around some of the key issues facing wastepickers.

WIEGO's Work with Cooperatives

Cooperatives are an important form of democratic organization and solidarity for informal workers, who come together to gain access to services and markets and to engage in collective negotiations.

WIEGO works with, supports and conducts research on cooperatives in many regions. Here is a sample of that work.

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment & Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Administrative Justice Project

All over the world, people who rely on access to public space and public resources face a litany of challenges to earn their livelihoods. The challenges largely result from decisions made by local government authorities who control public space and access to waste and land.