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Securing Livelihoods: Informal Economy Practices and Institutions

Isabelle Hillenkamp, Frédéric Lapeyre, and Andreia Lemaître


The high level of vulnerabilities, multiple kinds of processes contributing to insecurity, and the constant reinvention of systems of protection and solidarity within the informal economy shape the accumulation process in a non-capitalist way. It is necessary to recognize the capacity of popular actors to perceive the world and development projects in terms of their cultural identity, their history, and the place where they live, and not as a universal matrix suggested by the dominant actors. Bottom-up approaches and innovative institutional frameworks for better responding to people’s needs s ... More

Keywords: informal economy, popular economy, popular actors, poverty reduction, policy intervention

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Hillenkamp, editor
Research Associate, Institute of Socio-Economics, University of Geneva

Frédéric Lapeyre, editor
Senior Employment and Informal Economy Specialist, International Labour Organization

Andreia Lemaître, editor
Lecturer in Development Studies, Université catholique de Louvain

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1 Introduction

Isabelle Hillenkamp, Frédéric Lapeyre, and Andreia Lemaître

Part I A Plurality of Socio-Economic Logics: New Polanyian Approaches to Informality and Vulnerability

Part II The Role of Financial Practices and Institutions in Securing Livelihoods

7 Microcredit Policies in Brazil

Genauto Carvalho de França Filho, Ariádne Scalfoni Rigo, and Jeová Torres Silva Júnior

8Demand for Microcredit, Informal Finance and Vulnerability in Rural Morocco1

Solène Morvant-Roux, Isabelle Guérin, and Marc Roesch

Part III Formalizing the Informal? A Critical Assessment

12 From the Street to the Store

Sergio Ferragut, and Georgina M. Gómez

13 Formalizing the Informal in Rwanda

An Ansoms, and Murison Jude

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