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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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LED micro-enterprise and crime reduction Lessons from Cali Colombia - Cover image
Local economic development, micro-enterprise, and crime reduction: lessons from Cali, Colombia
Alison Brown, Lina Martinez, Peter Mackie
This Policy Brief argues that successful initiatives to tackle Cali’s exceptionally high homicide rates also have potential for local economic development, and suggests ways that the significant value-added by informal enterprises can be harnessed to achieve wider economic objectives. It examines innovations in supporting micro-enterprise and crime reduction in Cali and the lessons for local economic development (LED), local government policy and NGO agendas.
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