Posted by: KENASVIT | March 28, 2011

Informal Economy Associations Catch Media Attention

UK Magazine Red Pepper recently published a piece entitled “Organising On the Edge,” focusing on grassroots informal economy organisations, like KENASVIT. The article draws attention to the rapid rise of the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa, the unfavourable working conditions faced by street vendors and market traders, as well the success of these workers in uniting together in associations. The article closes by saying:

With the ongoing global economic crisis, the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa is set to continue growing, making the work of informal economy associations even more vital. The fact that they have managed to survive in the face of increasing criminalisation at home and minimal support from the international community bears testimony to their significance. No doubt they will continue to be a progressive force in the future development of grass-roots struggle in Africa.

The article was written by Caroline Elliot of War on Want — one of KENASVIT’s international partners. To read to full piece, please visit:


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