Addressing the Needs of Informal Workers in National Development Plan IV


Paper Presentation by Juakali Initiative to the National Planning Authority on Wednesday, 13 March, 2024 (2:00 p.m.). at National Planning Authority, Planning House, Clement Hill Road.

Juakali Initiative, rooted in the Swahili term “Juakali” signifying informal work, emerged in 2019 through the collaborative efforts of unemployed young graduates and vendors. Initially aimed to offer legal aid to informal workers, with a particular focus on street vendors. Over time, we have evolved and officially registered as Juakali Initiative, committed to championing the rights and welfare of diverse informal workers. Our mission centers on fostering an inclusive and gender-sensitive economy for informal workers. Through a multifaceted approach encompassing organization, spatial planning, social justice, advocacy, research, and media engagement, we strive to advance the interests of this vital segment of the workforce.

As we express gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the next national development plan and Lubyanza, a sustainable transport think tank for their invaluable contribution to this paper, we narrow our focus to four key categories of informal workers: street vendors, waste pickers, informal transport workers (including drivers, taxi touts, and boda-boda riders), and home-based workers. Our proposed contributions aim to improve the socio-economic conditions and recognition of these vital segments of the workforce.

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