Special Issue of Environment & Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Environment & Urbanization:
October 2016 Issue on
Urban Livelihoods


WIEGO partnered with the leading urban studies journal Environment & Urbanization on a special issue on urban livelihoods.  The launch of the issue coincides with the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III - in Quito, Ecuador.  The New Urban Agenda explicitly recognises ‘the contribution of the working poor in the informal economy’ advocating a ‘people-centred’ approach and stronger urban governance including mechanisms that ‘empower and include urban stakeholders’.  This marks a significant global shift in thinking.  The articles included in the special issue, drawing on WIEGO’s wealth of urban informal economy research, policy and advocacy work, supports this agenda.  They present statistics, survey findings and detailed case evidence that together show that including the informal economy in urban policy and practise is both necessary and possible.

WIEGO contributions include

The special issue is dedicated to the South African street vendor leader Zodwa Khumalo whose tireless commitment was an inspiration to many, and showed that inclusive planning for the informal economy is possible. Zodwa Khumalo, who was fondly referred to as “MaDlamini”, was a respected traditional healer and informal economy activist from Durban, South Africa.

Read more about Zodwa Khumalo (MaDlamini).