Toward a solidarity economy: The case of informal traders in Southern Africa

September 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter

According to recent reports of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, informal trading is the main source of job creation in Africa, providing between 20 to 75 percent of total employment in a majority of African countries. These numbers are even higher in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Despite its importance in the continent, however, the informal economy and informal traders remain immensely marginalized.The strategies and policies developed by governments often deal with the sector through displacement and/or repression.

In this month's "Voices from the South," Ms. Thembela Njenga, executive director of Karibu partner Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET), reflects on the challenges facing the sector, the destructive capabilities of a profit-dominated capitalist system, and the call of Christians to work for transformative socio-economic justice for the poor and marginalized everywhere.  The newsletter can be found below.

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Posted by The Karibu Foundation - Last updated 26.09.2012