Including the Excluded: Supporting Informal Workers for More Equal and Productive Cities in the Global South

This paper focuses on three occupational groups—home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers—for a few reasons. First, these groups represent a significant share of urban informal employment, and an even larger share of urban informal self-employment.10 Second, each group illustrates the need for specific public goods and services that cities directly control. Third, these groups are emblematic of what informal workers need to become more productive. Home-based workers need equitable access to core public services. Street vendors need public space in good locations to vend. Waste pickers need the right to bid for public procurement contracts to collect, sort, and recycle waste.