[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Current Projects” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Bulawayo Informal Sector Policy Research and Advocacy Project
Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) got funding for the 18-month long Bulawayo Informal Sector Policy Research and Advocacy Project. The project is anchored on BVTA’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan which puts the organization at the center of providing thought leadership and leading civic initiatives aimed at addressing compelling questions of urban poverty and the informal economy. The project comes at a time when the informal sector in Bulawayo is facing, among other problems, an inhibiting institutional framework, outdated legislation, restrictive city planning, design and architecture, inadequate delineation of the sector that has led to exclusion of the vulnerable actors. This environment is thus inhibiting the growth of the informal sector and continue to compromise livelihoods of millions of citizens. The project therefore seeks to contribute to the making of an inclusive, modern city in which citizens fully realise socio-economic rights within a robust and inclusive economy.
This shall be achieved through the fulfilment of four objectives;
- to deepen public sector stakeholders’ (civic society and local government among others) understanding of the dynamics of informal sector patterning and growth in Bulawayo. This will be for purposes of influencing inclusive policy making process and content.
- This objective shall be achieved through research that determines the typologies of the actors, the dominant strands of activities and the participation of vulnerable groups in the informal sector.
- to probe the existence, accessibility and efficiency of local authority institutions that regulate and/or support the informal sector in Bulawayo.
- to probe how city planning, design and architecture impacts on the informal sector.
- to conduct evidence-based policy advocacy aimed at inducing solutions to challenges constraining growth of the informal sector.