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Heterogeneity and vulnerability in the urban informal economy: Reworking the problem in the current context. The case of uganda

Nandini Dasgupta and Lloyd-Jones, Tony

World Development Perspectives, 2018, vol. 10-12, 64-72

Abstract: The focus of this paper is on the low-value urban informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The paper presents a case study from Uganda, with the focus on secondary cities where much of the urban population growth is expected in the next decade. There is also good evidence that informality will persist within both dynamic and in slow urban economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Analysis of the results from fieldwork is presented in support of the basic argument that, as the informal economy is likely to persist there is need for a more conducive policy approach to ensure its positive contribution to the urban economic development; seen as a mainstay of Africa’s future economic development. Currently, the informal economy is considered ephemeral, with little institutional engagement, with the focus on restrictive measures.

Keywords: Informal economy; Earnings gap; Micro-enterprise; Uganda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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