Securing Livelihoods: Informal Economy Practices and Institutions

Hardcover | December 7, 2013

EditorIsabelle Hillenkamp, Frederic Lapeyre, Andreia Lemaitre

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Far from the vision of popular actors in the popular economy as reactionary and archaic, stubbornly resisting any move towards change, this book's overall aim is to contribute to a broadening and deepening of our understanding of the logic and socio-economic practices of those operating in theinformal economy. It focuses on the vulnerabilities of these participants, resulting from high exposure to different risks combined with low social protection, and on the interactions between vulnerability and poverty. It considers security of livelihoods as the guiding principle for multiplepractices in the informal economy. Thirteen studies, based on careful analyses of empirical data in different contexts in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, contribute to this multidisciplinary discussion.This book describes how people develop their own strategies to solve their problems through the use of interpersonal networks, associations, and other community-based arrangements. Moreover, it shows that informal economy actors systematically reposition themselves vis-a-vis the State, markets,international, and national policies with the aim of enhancing their economic and social security, and they may do this either individually or collectively. The book emphasizes how adaptability of the informal economy can be influenced by such factors as the macroeconomic context, access to financial, technological, and information resources, infrastructure, social protection schemes, and the institutional environment within which adaptations occur.Case studies stress the need to reformulate questions relating to policy intervention based on a more thorough understanding of the perspective of informal economy actors.

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Far from the vision of popular actors in the popular economy as reactionary and archaic, stubbornly resisting any move towards change, this book's overall aim is to contribute to a broadening and deepening of our understanding of the logic and socio-economic practices of those operating in theinformal economy. It focuses on the vulnera...

Isabelle Hillenkamp is Research Associate at the Institute of Socio-Economics, University of Geneva, attached to the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research - LIVES. Her research focuses on the informal and popular economy in Latin America, with particular interest in community and solidarity projects. Before joining the Unive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Dharam Ghai: Foreword1. Isabelle Hillenkamp, Frederic Lapeyre, and Andreia Lemaitre: Introduction: Informal Economy, Vulnerabilities, and Popular Security-Enhancing PracticesPart I. A Plurality of Socio-economic Logics: New Polanyian Approaches to Informality and Vulnerability2. Andreia Lemaitre: Popular Cooperatives and Local Development in Southeast Brazil: Towards Socio-Economic Pluralism3. Isabelle Hillenkamp: Solidarity and Protection in Bolivian Popular Economy4. Gonzalo Vazquez: Self-managed Work, Social Protection, and Community Development: The Case of the UST Cooperative (Argentina)5. Maite le Polain and Marthe Nyssens: An Analysis of the Socio-economic Logics Underpinning Formal and Informal Strategies for Coping with Economic Hardships in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the CongoPart II. The Role of Financial Practices and Institutions in Securing Livelihoods6. Hadrien Saiag: Financial Practices as Adaptations to Increasing Vulnerability: The Dynamics of Solidarity and Protection in the Suburbs of Rosario, Argentina7. Genauto Carvalho de Franca Filho, Ariadne Scalfoni Rigo, and Jeova Torres Silva Junior: Microcredit Policies in Brazil: An Analysis of Community Development Banks8. Solene Morvant-Roux, Isabelle Guerin, and Marc Roesch: Demand for Microcredit, Informal Finance and Vulnerability in Rural Morocco9. Pierre-Germain Umuhire and Marthe Nyssens: Informal and Formal Microfinance in Urban Sub-Saharan African Markets: The Case of Micro-Entrepreneurs in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso10. Edoardo Totolo: Exploring the Black-Box of Economic Informality: Social Networks and Institutional Change among Micro and Small Enterprises in Nairobi, KenyaPart III. Formalizing the Informal? A Critical Assessment11. James Heintz and Lynda Pickbourn: Determinants of Earnings in Informal Self-Employment: The Case of Ghana12. Sergio Ferragut and Georgina M. Gomez: From the Street to the Store. The Formalization of Street Vendors in Quito, Ecuador13. An Ansoms and Jude Murison: Formalizing the Informal in Rwanda: From Artisanal to Modern Brick and Tile Ovens14. Basak Kus: Neoliberal Reforms, Regulatory Change and the Informal Economy: The Case of Turkey from a Comparative PerspectiveJean-Philippe Peemans: Postface: Another Look at the Informal Sector, its Many Stakes and Challenges