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Buenos Aires has one of the smallest rates of green space per capita, and what's left is under threat of commercial development. Neighbourhood groups are leading the fight to defend them, but with so many battles to wage, might the government's divide-and-conquer strategy be winning out?

In the third of a series of photo essays from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, Carlin Carr explores how workers in Bangkok’s informal economy came together in a collective movement to advocate for their labour rights.

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Trashing democracy in Bogotá: the real issue behind the mayoral crisis

The career of Gustavo Petro, mayor of Bogotá, is on the line. While global media is focused on the implications for the piece talks, focusing on the fate of the informal recyclers involved reveals challenges for just and equitable cities.

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