- Article Title: The multiple sites of urban governance: Insights from an African city
- Title of Journal: Urban Studies
- Vol #: 45
- Issue #: 9
This article examines urban governance in Maputo, with specific focus on governance of Markets. One of the sites of governance examined is a vendors‟ association. This association was established with the help of a trade union federation, and has then been registered and acquired legal status. The association is headed by an executive committee that is responsible for supervising and co-ordinating activities. On a lower level, the association has established market committees that provide infrastructure (water, toilets, etc.), maintenance and security services, and organise cleaning in their respective markets. The committees also control access to selling sites, and arbitrate conflicts, including labour conflicts such as breaches of informal work contracts. Most of the market vendors are self-employed, but informal employment occurs as well. The association has a seat in the national forum of trade unions, and this affiliation is regarded as giving it visibility and strength when dealing with the government. It is also networking with an international organisation of informal workers.