Despite providing society with a set of crucial services, large groups of workers in the informal economy are subject to exclusion and discrimination, and their lives are characterised by various types of vulnerabilities and deprivations that result from the denial of social, economic, political and legal protection. Although not new to the development vocabulary, the informal economy has received renewed attention in recent years largely due to the ILO's 'decent work' agenda and various efforts to promote 'legal empowerment of the poor'. With an explicit focus on labour rights, the book focuses on a nuanced understanding of the regulatory and operational challenges and dilemmas related to implementing the two approaches in selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to analyzing structures and relations of power between the formal and the informal economies, the book critically discusses the work of governments, civil society organizations and the poor themselves to address the daily challenges of living in the informal economy.
Introduction, Dan Banik; Towards an effective regulatory framework for labour rights and social protection in southern Africa, Evance Kalula, Ngozi Okorafor and Pamhidzai Bamu; Poverty, legal empowerment and informal business in South Africa, Marlese von Broembsen; Waste management and the workplace, Jan Theorn and Margareet Visser; Formalizing trading spaces and places: an analysis of the informal sector in Lusaka, Zambia, Wilma Sichombo Nchito; The complexities and paradoxes of governing the informal sector in Malawi: the case of street vending in Zomba and Blantyre, Blessings Chinsinga and Happy Kayuni; The informal health industry in East Africa and implementation of the legal empowerment of the poor agenda in developing countries, Kanakulya Dickson; Human rights of the working poor in Uganda's informal sector, Lilian Keene-Mugerwa; Informal labour and the ethic of care: legal protection of care-givers in Malawi, Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo; The right to water: an inquiry into legal empowerment and property rights formation in Tanzania, Ellen Hillbom; Rights, legal empowerment and the informal economy in Africa: concluding reflections, Dan Banik; Index.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 28th May 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.52