Informality


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, […]

Daily Practices of Informality Amidst Urban Poverty

Edgar Pieterse, Suraya Scheba

Daily Practices of Informality Amidst Urban Poverty by Philip Harrison, Edgar Pieterse, Suraya Scheba and Margot Rubin brings together the work of two case studies: research on the Hillbrow basements, in Johannesburg Inner City, undertaken by researchers associated with the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP) at the University of the […]

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…)

ACC/ AFD Symposium on Informal Settlements, Slums and Precarious Neighbourhoods

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) host a one-day symposium on the AFD book Rethinking Precarious Neighbourhoods edited by Professor Agnès Deboulet, the work of ACC’s Urban Violence, Safety and Inclusion CityLab coordinated by Dr Mercy Bown-Luthango, and the work of the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab coordinated by Liza […]

Understanding Livelihoods in South African Cities

Edgar Pieterse, Tau Tavengwa

What decisions are residents in the poorer parts of South African cities forced to make on a day to day basis? How does a city like Ekhuruleni try to address this and what do the citizens think about these efforts? This short film juxtaposes these two voices. It was part of a series we developed […]

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 […]

MEAN STREETS book launch

The ACC is proud to be associated with the publication of a major new title in southern African studies. Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa, edited by ACC partners Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, demonstrates powerfully that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are […]

State/Society Synergy in Philippi, Cape Town

Mercy Brown-Luthango

ACC’s newest book from its CityLab programme is the climax of the three-year-long Philippi CityLab led by Mercy Brown-Luthango. The book features essays by various experts working in/on the Phillipi area  as well as interviews with members of the Philippi community that include a land developer, a ward councillor, a farmer, a community leader and an activist […]

Migration and Informality Workshop

The ACC, SAMP, GCRO, IMRC, Eduardo Mondlane University, Queens University (Canada) and Wilfred Laurier University will be hosting a dissemination workshop at UCT to present the findings from a recent multi-country research project that examined the role of migrant entrepreneurs in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This dissemination workshop will present the results of the […]

Informality and Migrant Entrepreneurship

Saskia Greyling

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) hosted a workshop focussing on urban informality and migrant entrepreneurship in Southern Africa on 10 February 2014. The workshop brought together academics who specialise in research on issues of informality, migrants, entrepreneurship and xenophobia, particularly in the Southern African context.

Informality Workshop

Urban Informality and Migrant Entrepreneurship The ACC is hosting a workshop on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February with its partners in the IDRC-funded Growing Informal Cities Project. The venue is the UCT Graduate School of Business, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.  The workshop will feature presentations and discussion on the subject of “Urban Informality and […]

Cityscapes #4: After informality

Tau Tavengwa

In the fourth issue: a grouped series of reports, essays and interviews tracing a zigzag path connecting Tel Aviv to Naples to Berlin to Guangzhou, all cities where African migrants are a feature of the urban matrix.