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Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors

Challenges of Gathering Statistics on Street Vendors

Finding reliable data on the size of the street vending population in any given city can be challenging. Official statistics on street vendors are available only in a few countries. The box below explains.

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS)

IEMS The 10-city Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) evaluates the realities that informal workers face.

Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) was formed in 2003, and registered in 2005. It was formerly called StreetNet Ghana. Currently, there are over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading; approximately two-thirds of the members are women. The organization has six branches in two cities, and is governed by an executive committee of five women and two men. 

Sindicato de Trabajadores Vendedores de la Locomocion Colectiva (SINTRALOC)

The National Union of Independent Itinerant Transport and Allied Workers (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos, SINTRALOC) was founded on November 23, 1987.  Throughout its 24 years of existence, SINTRALOC has fought tirelessly for the recognition and dignity of street vendors.  In recent years, thanks to the perseverance of the union’s struggle, we have managed to get a bill passed to legally develop our work nationwide.

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN)

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN) is a national union that had 30,150 members as of November 2013. Members include street vendors and other informal workers. UGSEIN's objectives include: organize the economic actors of the informal economy; defend the ethical and material interests of members; negotiate agreements with the employers of the sector; struggle for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.


Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members  in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

Urban Renewal, Heritage Sites & Urban Livelihoods: Devi-Ben, Street Vendor

Reflections on an Exposure Visit by Marty Chen

These are the reflections of Marty Chen, WIEGO’s International Coordinator, following an Exposure-Dialogue Programme held January 27-February 1, 2013 in Ahmedabad, India, as part of WIEGO’s Law & Informality project. During the Exposure, Marty and Michael Piore of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were guests of Devi-ben.

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Souley Zeinabou, President of FENASEIN in Niger, speaking at International Labor Conference 2014FENASEIN stands for Federation Nationale des Syndicats (National Federation of Trade Unions).