Informality is a key contributor to successful emerging economies while on the other hand it drives socio-spatial inequality. Understanding and addressing the dynamics of informality is therefore strategic.
The need to formulate a policy addressing informality in cities was proposed through a collaboration process led by Cities Alliance with constituency members: AVSI Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO).
This policy paper offers local governments a road map towards new urban partnerships between city governments, private sector and citizens, providing the basis for addressing informality.
The paper analyses the actual policy challenges and trends and provides specific policy priorities and recommendations to local and regional governments. The policy further identifies the implementation means to deliver the policy recommendations, not only for the local and regional governments but for all spheres of government. The policy has proposed joint action at the local, regional and international level.
This policy paper will be presented at The World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, convened by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Durban, in November 2019.