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Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors

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).

Markets of Warwick Win Mayoral Award for Excellence

On December 7th 2012, the Markets of Warwick Committee and the informal trading community of WarwickMarkets of Warwick Junction in general—including Asiye eTafuleni—realized victorious closure to the year when the Markets of Warwick project received a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the tourism category. This is just two and a half years and 3,200 visitors since the project started.AET 2012

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. Currently, there are over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading; approximately two-thirds of the members are women. StreetNet Ghana has six branches in two cities, and is governed by an executive committee of five women and two men. 

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) partners with the GA-East Traders Union and the Ghana Trades Union Congress, and is the Ghana national affiliate of StreetNet International. 

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT)

The Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) was formed in 2005 to bring together street vendors, traders and other types of informal workers from 12 towns in Kenya. The Alliance has over 6,000 members in 175 local associations that form the seven urban alliances: Mombasa, Machakos, Migori, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi. KENASVIT plans to expand its activities to 17 towns. Eight towns have already shown interest, with a target of over 1,000 members per town.

Constitutional Court Rules that Street Traders in Johannesburg Can Return to Work.

Date: 11 December, 2013

In October 2013, thousands of Johannesburg informal traders were surprised by a large-scale city initiative to remove all informal traders from the city’s business district (CBD) – regardless of whether the traders had permission to trade or not. Traders were forcibly removed with little or no warning, and their goods were confiscated.

International Street Vendors Day

14 November, 2013

Street vendor
November 14 is International Street Vendors Day, a day to celebrate the incredible contributions made by street vendors to their local communities and to national development.

Urban attitudes and responses to street vendors vary around the globe, but everywhere they are at the heart of the debate about formalizing the informal economy.