informal economy


SACSC2020: Street Trading

PAPER SESSION Street Trading WHEN: Friday 4 September TIME: 11:30 – 13:30 REGISTER HERE CHAIR: Caroline Skinner (University of Cape Town); caroline.skinner@uct.ac.za Acting Like the State: Leaders’ Participation in Street Trade Management in Gauteng Mamokete Matjomane (Gauteng City-Region Observatory); Mamokete.Matjomane@gcro.ac.za The paper explores the extent to which street trader leaders participate in the everyday management […]

Rethinking training: the role of the informal sector in skills acquisition and development in Zimbabwe

ACC Postdoctoral researcher Martin Magidi has co-authored an article with Innocent T. Mahiya entitled Rethinking training: the role of the informal sector in skills acquisition and development in Zimbabwe for the Journal of Development Southern Africa.   ABSTRACT Training and skills acquisition have received widespread approval as one of the most important steps towards achieving […]

The Covid-19 crisis and the South African informal economy: ‘Locked out’ of livelihoods and employment

Caroline Skinner

Caroline Skinner and Michael Rogan co-authored The Covid-19 crisis and the South African informal economy: ‘Locked out’ of livelihoods and employment, as part of the working papers that accompany the NIDS-CRAMS reports. ABSTRACT There is widespread recognition, both internationally and in South Africa, that the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have impacted particularly […]

Roundtable: Covid-19, cities and urban informal workers

WHEN: Tuesday, 19 May TIME: 9:30 – 11:00am EST   RSVP & ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR JOIN VIA WEBEX Meeting number: 477 864 257 Meeting password: H6rPKt72P95   The event will feature three presentations by WIEGO team members on the rapid appraisal and policy work by WIEGO in support of the lives and livelihoods of urban informal […]

Governing Cape Town’s Informal Economy

ACC invites you to a special Brownbag lecture by Dr Graeme Young entitled Governing Cape Town Informal Economy, on Friday 26 July at 13:00 to 14:00 in Studio 5, EGS Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Young, a visiting QES Scholar, has been working with the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape as part of […]

Challenging the formal/informal dichotomy

Ntombini Marrengane

The African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) is co-hosting a methods workshop from 6 to 10 May 2019, in Lusaka, Zambia, focused on the formal/informal interface at the city scale. The Formal-Informal Interface Workshop emerges from ongoing comparative research conducted under the umbrella of AURI which, aims at challenging the dichotomy between informal and formal areas, […]

In the press: Informal trade may hold the key to food security

Caroline Skinner, Gareth Haysom

Government’s lack of support for informal traders, combined with ongoing attacks on foreign food traders – lately also by prominent politicians – is creating a toxic mix that jeopardises not only the food security of the growing numbers of urban poor, but also divests them of important livelihood opportunities and throttles the economy. (more…)

Women's Economic Empowerment Report

UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment report released

Caroline Skinner

The final report of the United Nations High-Level Panel (UN HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) was launched online on 14 March 2017, marking the conclusion of the one-year UN HLP process. The second of two reports delves deeper into the seven drivers of women’s economic empowerment that were identified in the first report, namely: Tackling […]

The Informal Economy’s Role in Feeding Cities – a Missing Link in Policy Debates?

Food is fundamental not only to well-being, but to our social and economic lives. Despite this, one of the biggest challenges facing many people in cities all over the world today is hunger. As cities rapidly urbanise, different pressures are placed on the food system which has resulted in the least nutritious food being the […]