Livelihood Centred Public Space Innovations


Jun 06, 2023


08:00 AM



World Bank’s Urban Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) invite you to the second session of the webinar series reflecting on innovations in urban informal economy management and support.
For over two and a half decades, the global network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) has worked alongside membership-based organizations of street vendors and market traders to secure livelihood centered approaches to, designing for, and regulating work in, public space.  The webinar will start with reflections on public space trends over the COVID and post Covid period. The bulk of the webinar - a panel discussion with WIEGO team members - will draw on detailed in-city work in Lima, Dakar and Delhi. Panelists will reflect past and current innovations - in urban design, participatory planning, and law and infrastructure provision.  It will also reflect on unprecedented challenges workers are facing now, and responses needed to secure livelihoods going forward.
Hyunji Lee, Urban Specialist, World Bank
Jenna Harvey, Focal Cities Coordinator, WIEGO
Carmen Roca, Lima Focal Cities Coordinator, WIEGO
Shalini Sinha, Urban Asia Lead, WIEGO
Olga Abizaid, Dakar Focal Cities Advisor / Policy Analyst, WIEGO
Caroline Skinner, Urban Policies Programme Director, WIEGO
On impacts of Covid
On participatory governance:
Olga Abizaid and Ana Carolina Ogando, 2022. Urban development and participatory governance: Learnings from the  co-creation of street vending ordinance 1787 in Lima. Case based contribution United Cities and Local Government’s GOLD VI Report.  
Caroline Skinner, Sarah Orleans Reed and Jenna Harvey. 2018.  Supporting Informal Livelihoods in Public Space: A Toolkit for Local AuthoritiesPrepared by WIEGO for the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme for Equitable Economic Growth in Cities. Manchester, UK: WIEGO.
On design issues: & Joanne Lees and Richard Dobson. 2021. Inclusive Public Space Planning & Design: Lessons from Asiye eTafuleni, Durban, South Africa. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 13.  
Julia Mareike Wegmann, Sonia Medina Cardona y Adriana Pérez Campos. 2022. Trabajo en el espacio público y movilidad: herramientas para la coexistencia de dos derechos en la Ciudad de MéxicoNota técnica de WIEGO No. 14.
On the question of taxation and social protection 
Nana Akua Anyidoho, Max Gillien, Ghida Ismail, Florian Juergens-Grant, Mike Rogan and Vanessa van den Boogaard. 2022. Tight Tax Net, Loose Safety Nets: Taxation and Social Protection in Accra’s Informal Sector. WIEGO Working Paper No. 45.
Akua Anyidoho, N.; Gallien, M.; Rogan, M. and van den Boogaard, V. (2022) 'Mobile Money Taxation and Informal Workers: Evidence from Ghana’s E-Levy', ICTD Working Paper 146, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies
About the Panelists
Carmen Roca is Lima Focal City Coordinator at WIEGO.  This work focuses on supporting informal worker organizations to secure more inclusive laws and regulations, improved urban services and a voice in urban planning and policy-making processes. Prior to this post, she coordinated WIEGO’s Latin American work for many years.  Carmen holds an MBA in Management for Development from McGill University, Canada.
Shalini Sinha is Home Based Work Sector Specialist and Urban Asia Lead at WIEGO. She is based in India and her work focuses on developing and documenting decent work and livelihoods opportunities for women workers in the informal economy. ‘Home’ as a place of work is an area of abiding interest for Ms. Sinha; she has worked on issues related to home-based workers for many years. Recently, she has led the focal cities program for Delhi, which includes supporting member-based organizations of women informal workers in their capacity building and advocacy efforts at the city/state level. Before joining WIEGO, she has worked as a development consultant for over a decade, specializing in labour, gender and social development issues with several national and international organizations. Her most recent work includes an edited volume, Redefined Labour Spaces, Routlege, 2017
Olga Abizaid is Dakar Focal City Advisor and Urban Policy Analyst at WIEGO.  She provides support to WIEGO's work in Senegal, Colombia and Peru with a focus on strengthening, and giving visibility to, informal worker organizations. She holds a master’s in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a Licenciatura in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. 
Caroline Skinner is Urban Policies Programme Director at WIEGO and a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. For over two decades Caroline’s work has interrogated the informal economy and processes of informality.  She has published widely on the topic. She has a long track record of policy and advocacy work at an international, national, provincial and local level and provides technical support for worker-based movements.
Jenna Harvey coordinates WIEGO’s Focal Cities initiative. She is an urban planner by training, and her work has focused on participatory planning, the use of democratic research methods in organizing and advocacy work, and the inclusive management of work in public space. She holds a masters from MIT in city planning.
Brought to you by the Urban Poverty, Inclusive Cities and Housing GSG, Urbanscapes KSB
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