Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Daily practices of informality amidst urban poverty

The contribution of this report is the empirical support to an argument that South Africa is struggling to address problems of poverty and inequality because many of the processes that … Continue reading

Monday, 7 January 2019 · Leave a comment

On the Ways of Knowing and Understanding Informality

In the mainstream international development discourse, one often finds a general dualistic outlook in classifying the concept of (urban) informality, seen to be strikingly different from the formal, regulated economic … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 · Leave a comment

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

 Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Informal economies around the world

This paper aims to present a comprehensive survey of the literature on the economics of informality. First, we focus on studies that aim to provide measures of informality using different … Continue reading

Friday, 13 July 2018 · Leave a comment

The Informal Economy as a Catalyst for Sustainability

Sustainability typically involves the balancing of three major factors: the economy, the environment, and some notion of equity. Though the economy is already a key aspect, the recognition of the … Continue reading

Saturday, 7 April 2018 · Leave a comment

Gendered strategies of Hanoi’s street food vendors

Drawing upon examples of street vendors in Hanoi, this study explores gendered strategies to adapt to rapid urbanization, and how street vendors’ responses, in turn, shape the current informal food … Continue reading

Friday, 22 December 2017 · Leave a comment

The Production of Space by the Street Vending System

Street vending draws its substance from the space, the street, and the economic exchange lies on the simultaneous presence of two actors: the customer and the vendor. Thus, it seems … Continue reading

Sunday, 17 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Perceptions of ‘good work’ in the urban informal sector

[Behind paywall] There is growing interest in the ability of the informal sector to provide gainful work in much of the developing world. However, the literature on work in the … Continue reading

Monday, 3 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Enhancing Productivity in the Urban Informal Economy

The report argues for a radical and new policy paradigm, to promote inclusion of informal workers in urban dialogues, and mainstream the informal economy in urban policies and strategies. Over … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 January 2017 · Leave a comment