Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Protecting the entrepreneurial poor: A human rights approach

[Article behind paywall] Half of the working poor in developing countries are informal entrepreneurs – they make a living by engaging in commercial activities in the shadow economy. A series … Continue reading

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality – addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America

WIDER 2019 Annual lecture was delivered by Santiago Levy and discussed the challenges of social protection in economies with large informal sectors, such as in Latin America. Currently less than … Continue reading

Sunday, 5 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Street Vending and Competitive Advantage: Towards Building a Theoretical Framework

The study examines the strategies adopted by street vendors or hawkers in Ghana in a bid to gain competitive advantage. Drawing on six focus group meetings held with street vendors … Continue reading

Thursday, 2 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Explaining and tackling the informal economy: an evaluation of competing perspectives

This paper provides an evidence-based evaluation of the competing ways of explaining and tackling the informal economy. Conventionally, participants have been viewed as rational economic actors who engage in the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Austerity, The New Normal: A Renewed Washington Consensus 2010-24

The report, published by IPD, ITUC, PSI, EURODAD and the Breton Woods Project: (i) examines historical and projected government expenditure trends for 189 countries; (ii) reviews the latest IMF country … Continue reading

Thursday, 17 October 2019 · Leave a comment

How the urban poor define and measure food security

Urban food security, or its lack, is attracting growing interest in global policy debates. Glaringly missing in these conversations, however, are the voices of the urban poor. To fill this … Continue reading

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 · Leave a comment

Extending Pension Coverage to the Informal Sector in Africa

[World Bank report focused on Africa but their analysis is highly relevant to many Asian countries] The coverage of pension systems in the Africa region is limited to the small … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Interrogating informality

Informality is growing in a context of increasing inequity, and in many places becoming the norm. However, despite decades of studies and interventions, ‘recognising informality’ is still a key issue. … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 August 2019 · Leave a comment

What does it mean to be poor?

Motivated by the siloed nature of much poverty research, as well as the challenge of finding inclusive operational definitions of poverty, this study reflects on the merits of seeking to … Continue reading

Monday, 26 August 2019 · Leave a comment