Krithika Dinesh, Pamhidzai H. Bamu
The rights of “everyone” or “every worker” laid down in international law should be the bedrock for building more inclusive cities. Realizing health and safety in public workplaces will require the provision and maintenance of physical and other infrastructure. Street and market vendors need legislation in place that enables them to hold governments accountable for providing this infrastructure and a safe work environment.
India’s Street Vendor Protection Act was enacted after a long struggle and is widely lauded, yet a close look nearly a decade later shows its implementation is far from exemplary.
Waste pickers at the Mbeubeuss dumpsite have set up their own cooperative in an effort to be integrated into the new waste management model put forward by the government.
The rhetoric of an easing COVID-19 pandemic obscures the array of occupational health and safety risks that the world’s informal workers still face and that have accumulated during the pandemic.
A recently launched report by the World Bank that provides guidance on how to expand Social Protection for the Informal Economy in Africa and beyond, requires a response.
Informal economy worker-led social protection schemes are certainly not a substitute for universal social protection, but they can play a key role in its realization.