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Centre for Development Policy and Research

Development Viewpoint N.68 has been published

28 November 2011

The Centre for Development Policy and Research is pleased to announce the publication of Development Viewpoint #68 “The Struggles of Informal Transport Workers in Tanzania: Debunking the Myth of Micro Solutions”. Drawing on extensive field research among these workers during 1998-2009, the author, Matteo Rizzo of the Economics Department at SOAS, stresses that the structural roots of their oppressive working conditions, low pay and precarious employment are typical of those facing many urban workers in the informal sector throughout Africa. This view contrasts with the common assumption that most such workers are self-employed and could prosper in response to micro interventions.