Urban Appropriation and Transformation: Bicycle Taxi and Handcart Operators

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This book is about emerging informal responses to unemployment in Malawi. To the bicycle taxi and handcart operators who are at the centre of the book, informality is a means for negotiating newer experiences and challenges associated with urbanisation. Jimu richly documents how informal economy activities continue to represent grassroots responses to widespread poverty, unavailability of meaningful employment opportunities and the failure of the state as well as the private and the non-state sectors to respond to escalating demand for formal sector jobs. Multiplicity of activities and straddling urban and rural opportunities are strategies employed to deal with opportunity impermanence and maximize returns from various low paying tasks and jobs. While these activities have grown without state support, state involvement is necessary to regulate and promote the welfare of the workers in the sector as well as that of the users of their service and the general public. This will require constructive engagement among the operators, users of their services, local government, and various state agencies.

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Date de parution 15 novembre 2008
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EAN13 9789956717637
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Ignasio Malizani Jimu Urban Appropriation and Transformation: bicycle, taxi and handcart operators in Mzuzu, Malawi
Urban appropriation and transformation: bicycle taxi and handcart operators in Mzuzu, Malawi
Ignasio Malizani Jimu
LangaaResearch & Publishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG (LangaaResearch & Publishing Common Initiative Group) P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Province Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.com www.langaapublisher.com
Distributed outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com
Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press msupress@msu.edu www.msupress.msu.edu
DISCLAIMER
ISBN:9956-558-75-3
© Ignasio Malizani Jimu (2008)
First published 2008
All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
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Contents
Acronyms Acknowledgements Summary
1. Overview of the study Nature of the study Framework of the study Data and methods Organisation of the book
2. Overview of the informal economy Informal economy in perspective Characteristics of the informal economy The informal economy and the development debate Which way forward for the informal economy Conclusion
3. Context of the study Geographic position Population trends Socio-economic context Structure of the agricultural sector Location of Mzuzu Historical roots of Mzuzu Mzuzu’s population trends past and present Conclusion
4. Urbanisation in Malawi Urban development in Malawi Characteristics of urbanisation in Malawi Conclusion
5. The urban informal economy in Malawi Magnitude and characteristics of the informal economy in Malawi Rural-urban differences in informal economy activities Factors that have shaped the structure and evolution of the iinformal economy Conclusion vi
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