The informal sector and structural adjustment – strengthening collective coping mechanisms in Tanzania
services crumble and frantic land-grabbing threatens their right to trade in a particular locality. As the centralized government has withdrawn from many activities, together with the protection it afforded the urban poor, small self-help organizations have come together spontaneously to provide
their members with the very basics of health insurance, representation or land rights. This article describes some of these indigenous organizations, as well as the project which is providing advice and training to meet some of their limited objectives.