Mega Events and the Urban Working Poor

This work aims to understand the multifaceted impact of mega events on the working poor and to publicize these findings.

Pat Horn of StreetNet addresses International Trade Union Confederation about mega events and their impact on informal workers.

Work is focused on supporting StreetNet International’s World Class Cities for All Campaign (WCCA) in Brazil, in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. A review of literature on the impact of mega events (Duminy with Luckett 2012) reveals cities almost never gain financially from hosting these events. The review offers analyses of the extent of negative impacts. Read Literature Survey: Mega-Events and the Working Poor, with a Special Reference to the 2010 FIFA World Cup

To help social actors plan strategic engagement with mega events, WIEGO published Major International Events and the Working Poor (Glen Robbins 2012). This Technical Brief uses South Africa’s experience with the FIFA World Cup to offer detailed insight and recommendations for interventions.

WIEGO team members have also been assisting with information sharing and documents for the campaign, including an Inclusive Cities Resource Document by Nora Wintour that looks at legal issues facing street vendors in 10 of the 12 FIFA 2014 host cities.

Shalini Sinha, alongside the National Alliance of Street Vendors of India, has worked on documenting and disseminating the impact of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Megan Corrarino wrote an article “Law Exclusion Zones”: Mega-Events as Sites of Procedural and Substantive Human Rights Violations in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.

The Global Urbanist shared a film made by Witness which they describe as follows: "Witness' new short documentary People Before Profit portrays glimpses of forced evictions around the world, expressing the trauma that citizens feel when their homes and possessions are violently taken from them."