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Enhancing productivity in the urban informal economy
Alison Brown, Cardiff University, Sally Roever, UN-HABITAT, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing, WIEGO
The informal economy is the lifeblood of many cities today. It provides jobs for many, in some cities the majority of urban workers, provides flexible services to many urban residents, and makes significant contributions to urban economies.

The informal economy demonstrates vibrancy, flexibility and entrepreneurship, and supports local supply chains and global exchange. However, diversity makes the informal economy hard to capture in conventional urban policy processes.
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