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Market vendors in Accra, Ghana
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Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

Statistics: Past Activities

Statistics

WIEGO has had and continues to play an important role in the development of statistics on all aspects of the informal economy.

The WIEGO Network's Impact

The WIEGO Network, a global action-research-policy network, consists of membership-based organizations (MBOs) of informal workers, researchers and statisticians, and professionals from development agencies (governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental). We seek to increase the voice, visibility, and validity of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

Durban Legal Victory

Introduction: 

John Makwicana, a vendor in Warwick Junction in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa, took the municipality to court, claiming the law that allowed the confiscation of his goods was unconstitutional. He won a legal victory for street traders in South Africa. John died on March 7, 2018, but his legacy will live on. This videos captures a last interview with him. The rest of the story is detailed below.

Story of a Legal Victory

Since 2008, WIEGO has worked closely with Asiye eTafuleni ("a seat at the table" in Zulu) in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa. Founded by two former city employees who had worked together with informal workers in the Warwick Junction precinct of the city, the NGO provides design, legal and other support to street vendors, market traders, barrow operators, waste pickers and garment producers in Warwick Junction.

Web Technical Specialist

WIEGO has two key website roles: a Web Curator/Editor and a Web Technical Specialist. The person in this Technical Specialist role is responsible for the technical management, monitoring and development of WIEGO’s online presence, including a Drupal-based website and multiple WordPress-based sites.

Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) was formed in 2003, and registered in 2005. It was formerly called StreetNet Ghana. Currently, there are over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading; approximately two-thirds of the members are women. The organization has six branches in two cities, and is governed by an executive committee of five women and two men.

New Solutions: Health and Safety for Informal Workers

New Solutions: Health and Safety for Informal Workers

New Solutions Journal - Special Issue on Health and Safety for Informal Workers