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Author Jimu, Ignasio Malizani.

Title Urban appropriation and transformation : bicycle taxi and handcart operators in Mzuzu, Malawi / Ignasio Malizani Jimu
Published Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa Research & Pub. CIG ; [East Lansing, MI] : Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 141 pages) : illustrations
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Informal sector (Economics) -- Malawi -- Mzuzu.
Local transit -- Malawi -- Mzuzu.
Urban poor -- Employment -- Malawi -- Mzuzu.
Mzuzu (Malawi) -- Economic conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956558759
9789956717637 (electronic bk.)
9956717630 (electronic bk.)