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The Informalization Of Lusaka’s Economy: Regime Change, Ultra Modern Markets, And Street Vending, 1972-2004

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The ?war? between street vendors and local authority in Lusaka has continued on and off since the 1970s, if not earlier. This chapter sketches the broader context that has both prompted the recurrence of confrontations on the street and changed them. It relates these processes to redevelopment of some of Lusaka?s large markets. Poverty Strategy Reduction Program (PSRP) stresses that poverty reduction take place in a democratic society with open markets and a competitive business environment. Structural adjustment programs (SAP) and recent neo-liberal reforms have important ramifications across urban space, affecting the livelihoods of different population segments in unlike ways, sharpening social and spatial inequalities, and extending them in new ways. Globally promoted development policy since 1991 has encouraged foreign investment which in Lusaka largely has been directed toward retail. In popular representations in Zambia, 'freeing the market' comes close to mean opening it to external rather than local participation.

Keywords: democratic society; Lusaka?s economy; poverty strategy reduction program (PSRP); structural adjustment programs (SAP); ultra modern markets



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