Hosting mega events is often a catalyst to excluding informal workers in general and street traders in particular from urban plans. This work aims to understand the multifaceted nature of the impact of these events on the working poor and to publicise these findings. Lessons will be distilled to inform partners in other countries that will be hosting similar events in the future. In 2010 the focus is on the Soccer World Cup in South Africa and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
This component work aims to support and complement StreetNet's World Class Cities Campaign.
James Duminy, a South African based researcher, is currently completing a draft of an annotated bibliography that from the perspective of the working poor brings together and assesses the substantial literature on mega events.
Informed by the core concerns of the project, Glen Robbins, a South African based researcher, is working on collating lessons learned from the 2010 Soccer World Cup for activists in host cities in Brazil.
Shalini Sinha, is working alongside that National Alliance of Street Vendors of India (link to their home page www.nasvinet.org) on documenting and disseminating the impact of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.