series of articles focused on inclusive urban planning for the
working poor, produced through a collaboration of global
action-research-policy network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing &
Organizing (WIEGO) and The Global Urbanist.
WIEGO is a partner in the Inclusive Cities Project, a consortium of
largely membership-based organisations of the working poor. Through
organising and policy advocacy the Project aims to ensure that
urban informal workers' needs are heard within urban planning
These articles draw from the experiences in the Project, as well as
those of The Global Urbanist's network of writers.
Home-based workers in South Asia number in the tens of millions yet remain invisible in urban planning. Shalini Sinha argues that housing and zoning must be reconceived with a focus on home as workplace.
Sonia Dias argues for a holistic approach to solid waste management that recognises the economic and environmental benefits of including informal waste pickers in planning.
Sally Roever shows how an inclusive attitude towards street vendors and an understanding of how they fit into the urban economy and streetscape has improved livelihoods dramatically.
Despite contributing to key export sectors of India's economy, all levels of government seem to conspire to overlook the needs of Gurgaon's migrant workers.
Cara Courage shows how an enlightened government can recognise an informal sector as an economic asset and support its workers, as is the case with Brighton's support of its arts and creative industries.
Whereas governments are quick to scapegoat the chop bar owners of Accra, in reality they spend onerous sums of money on sanitation, an effort which should be supported by health policy.
Sebastian Schulz meets the informal street vendors and motorcycle taxi drivers of Shanghai and learns how they face daily discrimination at the hands of local police and the hukou household registration system.
Caroline Skinner demonstrates the significance of the world's informal workforce and lays out six priorities for integrating informal workers within urban planning processes.