Category Archives: Migrant worker

Bitcoin accepted here

This money transfer point in Treichville market, Abidjan in the Cote D’Ivoire accepts bitcoins.

Also posted in Africa, African Consumer Market, Afrique francophone, Alternative currency, Business Models, Cashless transactions, Consumer Behaviour, Economy, Mobile platform, Platforms, Prepaid Economy & Informal Sector, Sub Saharan Africa, Technology, urban, User research | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

India recognizes the economic contribution of street vendors

What Indian economic phenomenon is at once marginal, even illegal, and enormously independent and entrepreneurial? That would be the street vendor, the small capitalist of the poor, and reservoir of off-the-books penalties that grease the machine of every municipal authority and police station in urban India. There are an estimated 10 million street vendors (another […]

Also posted in Base of the Pyramid, Economy, Flexibility, Income, India, Indigenous & Traditional, Informal & Flexible, Research, South Asia, urban, Value | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflecting on this blog’s genesis after 5 years

I started this blog in late December 2008, in earnest and every day during the first prototype fieldwork for The Prepaid Economy project, one of the iBoP Asia Project’s first batch of Small Grant winners from the ASEAN region. For the first 5 months of 2009, this blog was on the mainpage of my website […]

Also posted in About, Africa, Airtime, ASEAN, Assumption filter, Base of the Pyramid, Business Models, Collection, Consumer Behaviour, Design, Economy, Flexibility, global, Income, India, Indigenous & Traditional, Informal & Flexible, Kenya, Mobile platform, Philipines, Projects and Reports, Research, South Asia, Strategy, Sub Saharan Africa, urban, User research, Value | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Great Informalisation: About 50% of Indian GDP from unorganized sector

From a special report on India’s economy It might surprise some to know that most of the debates on labour issues in India, including the provision of social security & workplace challenges, actually revolve only around 7% of the total workforce. And yet, as India integrates with the global economy, its the 93% majority that […]

Also posted in Base of the Pyramid, Economy, Flexibility, global, India, Informal & Flexible, Research, South Asia, User research | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Promoting Africa’s Informal Sector

Organising the informal sector and recognising its role as a profitable activity may contribute to economic development. This can also improve the capacity of informal workers to meet their basic needs by increasing their incomes and strengthening their legal status. This could be achieved by raising government awareness, allowing better access to financing, and fostering […]

Also posted in Africa, Airtime, Alternative currency, Assumption filter, Banking, Base of the Pyramid, Business Models, Cashless transactions, China, Consumer Behaviour, Economy, Flexibility, global, India, Indigenous & Traditional, Informal & Flexible, Kenya, Mobile platform, Research, rural, Sub Saharan Africa, User research, Value | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Letter writer: Yesterday’s social mediators

Letter writer Mr Thangaraju s/o Singaram, who is 85 years old and was from Tamil Nadu, India. Click to enlarge and read the stories of those who were lucky enough to have been educated when they migrated looking for work. They made their living helping others… as the Tamil letter writer Mr Thangaraju says, we […]

Also posted in ASEAN, Base of the Pyramid, Culture, Indigenous & Traditional, Perspective, Photography, Prepaid Economy & Informal Sector, urban | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vignettes from Singapore’s past: Independent Women

Look up more on Samsui women , pioneering globe trotting. independent employment for women. The Samsui women were a proud and independent lot. Prostitution, opium peddling and various vices were common with other women mired in poverty. However, Samsui women chose to be engaged in hard labour with little pay instead of being lured into […]

Also posted in ASEAN, Base of the Pyramid, Culture, Frugality, Indigenous & Traditional, Perspective, Photography, Prepaid Economy & Informal Sector, Scarcity, urban | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Informal Economy Problems: Chinese BoP in Africa

Market forces led to the increasing visibility of the street hawkers from China in the informal markets of Africa. Mostly lower income and uneducated, Chinese traders are rapidly becoming the bane of African markets, much like how cheap, Chinese goods disrupted the local informal trade in the early years of the century. An indepth look […]

Also posted in African Consumer Market, Base of the Pyramid, Culture, Ecosystem, Emerging Markets, Perspective, Prepaid Economy & Informal Sector, Sub Saharan Africa | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Mapping global seasonality: national times of abundance and scarcity?

Connecting some dots made me think of this exercise. If national governments are increasingly looking at ways to bridge the informal economy with the formal, in order to provide more inclusive benefits to their citizens and at the same time there’s an increasing focus on providing inclusive financial services to those outside of the formal […]

Also posted in Africa, ASEAN, Assumption filter, Banking, Base of the Pyramid, Business Models, Cashless transactions, China, Consumer Behaviour, Culture, Economy, global, Income, India, Indigenous & Traditional, Informal & Flexible, Kenya, Philipines, Research, rural, Senegal, South Africa, South Asia, Strategy, Sub Saharan Africa, User research | Leave a comment

African Traders in Guangzhou, China: Routes, Profits, and Reasons

While digging around for information after my recent flight where I was offered an upclose and personal look at increasing informal trade between Africa and China, I came across this research paper by Yang Yang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A snippet from the introduction: Based on my fieldwork in Guangzhou, this paper […]

Also posted in Africa, Assumption filter, Business Models, Cashless transactions, China, Consumer Behaviour, Culture, Economy, global, Informal & Flexible, Literature review, Research, urban | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment