The Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) is the national umbrella organization for associations of informal workers in Zambia. It was launched in October 2002, as the result of a project on organizing in the informal economy undertaken by the Workers’ Education Association of Zambia (WEAZ) and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
Membership is open to organizations representing street and market vendors, hawkers, cross-border traders and other informal economy workers in Zambia. It has 24,602 members. It was formed with the objective of strengthening the voice and bargaining capacity of informal workers, most of whom previously had no formal democratic representation. AZIEA attempts to organize the unorganized, educate members on their civil and workers’ rights, establish formal collective bargaining structures between government and informal economy workers’ representatives, and campaign for policies and laws that are inclusive to the needs and rights of informal economy workers. AZIEA continues to work closely with the ZCTU, with whom it enjoys associate membership, and is also a member of StreetNet International.
Contact: Mr. Lameck Kashiwa, General Secretary
Phone: + 26097799032
David Mwila House