DOI: 10.22217/upi.2018.548
The Informal Economy in Cities of the Global South: Challenges to the Planning Lexicon

Caroline Skinner, Vanessa Watson

Keywords: Informal Economy; Planning; Informality; Development Study; Global South


The informal economy is a significant component of urban economy in global south. Comparing with the field of economic policies, there are few studies focusing on how to support informal economy through policies nowadays in the field of urban planning. In the context of planning as the central tool to regulate and marginalize informal economy, reconsidering informal economy from the aspect of spatial planning is important. The paper firstly describes the scale, the categories and the contribution to the urban economy’s growth of informal economy through data. Second, series differential theories and policies towards informal economy are reviewed. In the third part, some cases in global south indicate that some cities provide the proper livelihood for the informal economy through transforming the urban policies and planning strategies, including infrastructures in public spaces, home-based work and waste picker organization. Finally, the paper holds the view that the planners need to improve the planning method facing informal economy. The challenge that the gap between theory and practices of informal economy is increasing in case of regulation is still the main planning method. 


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