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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.

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG)

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The National Confederation of Trade Unions of Guinea (Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée - CNTG) was founded in June 1960. It has 20,000 members from the informal sector, including 12,000 contributing members.

National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

Beginning as a Network in 1998, The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) was registered in 2003 under the Societies registration Act of 1860. It brings together street vendor organizations under a single platform to collectively struggle for macro-level changes that are crucial for the livelihood of around 10 million vendors who are threatened by outdated laws and changing policies, practices and the attitudes of those in power.

Accra Street Traders Make Their Concerns Heard by Municipal Officials

In March 2013, a Policy Dialogue was held in Accra, Ghana between informal street traders and officials from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ga East Municipal Assembly. Facilitated by WIEGO, the policy dialogue centred on the theme Ensuring Optimal Involvement of the Urban Informal Sector in National Economic Development. It was deemed a success in bringing the traders’ concerns to the attention of the authorities and sparking opportunities to engage further.

World Urban Forum 6: Inclusive Cities = Sustainable and Vibrant Cities

Heliodora, a Street Vendor from New York City, was a delegate at this year's World Urban ForumWIEGO and Inclusive Cities delegates attended the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy 1-7 September 2012, to deliver an important message to urban officials and planners: including informal workers in municipal

NASVI Campaigns for Police Accountability in Light of Mumbai Evictions

January 2013

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has launched a nationwide “anti-police terror campaign” after a street vendor in Mumbai died during a police raid on 11 January. According to news reports, more than 4,500 hawkers were evicted over a three-day stretch in Mumbai.

The World celebrates International Workers Day - 1 May

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2 May, 2013 - International Workers' Day celebrated on the First of May commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world. It is also recognition of the Global Workers Movement and people unite to express their international solidary.

Spotlight on Informal Workers in South Africa

In March, South Africans mark Human Rights Day (March 21), established to raise awareness of human rights and ensure the abuses common in the past  do not happen again. In honour of this, we have compiled a list of stories and publications about South African informal workers.