HCP Policy Brief No. 7:
Demand: The Forgotten Side of Informal Economy Policy
- Policymakers who seek to support informal economic activity too often rely on supply-side solutions that fail to address the central needs of the urban poor.
- Efforts should instead focus on the alleviation of poverty to ensure that potential customers have the economic means to buy sufficient food to meet their needs.
- Governments must prioritize the promotion of adequate formal employment opportunities to ensure that the urban poor have livelihood options beyond informality.