Based on a research study in four developing cities – Dar Es Salaam, Kumasi, Maseru, and Kathmandu – Contested Space explores the survival strategies of street traders and their relationships with city governments, and examines the practical and policy implications for pro-poor street management. This is essential reading for all those interested in innovative city governance, for planners, NGOs, students, academics, and practitioners in Development Studies and Urban Development.
1. Challenging Street Livelihoods
2. Urban Public Space in the Developing World: A Resource for the Poor
3. Informal enterprise and street trading: a civil society and urban management perspective
Part II – Street Trading in Four Cities
4. Setting the Context: social, economic and political influences on the informal sector in Ghana, Lesotho, Nepal and Tanzania
5. An enabling framework? Governance and street trading in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
6. Fulcrum of the urban economy: governance and street livelihoods in Kumasi, Ghana
7. Poverty reduction strategies in Ghana
8. Contest and conflict: governance and street livelihoods in Maseru, Lesotho
9. The new urban economy: governance and street livelihoods in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Part III – Towards a Pro-poor Policy Agenda
10. Street trading in four cities: a comparison
List of Abbreviations
Alison Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of City & Regional Planning at Cardiff University, and an urban planning consultant with a specialism in international planning practice. She is course director for the MSc International Planning & Development. She has recently managed a DFID-funded study on street trading and livelihoods on which the book is based.