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Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Harare, Zimbabwe
Joined May 2022

We cover all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. Mission is alleviating poverty through transforming informal economy activities into mainstream activities. We advocate, organize, educate, empower, represent.



Presence in: Zimbabwe
Focus: Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Disability Rights, Education, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, HIV/Aids, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Associations is a membership organization that was formed in 2002. This was a direct response to the collapse of formal setups as a result of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme in the early 1990s. Company closures, retrenchments, and the inability of formal structures to absorb the job seekers gave rise to the massive expansion of the Informal Economy. On seeing the continued marginalization of this sector which lacks social protection and Income security a group of 22 Informal Business Associations came together to form ZCIEA in the year 2002. This organization works with informal economy workers and traders who engage in different economic activities across the country, and currently, it has 46 territories across the 10 provinces. It also has women, youth, and persons with disabilities structures. ZCIEA’s Vision is Decent Standards of Living for all Zimbabweans in a stable economy and the mission is Alleviating Poverty through Transforming Informal Economy Activities into Mainstream Activities. The organization works under a 5 pillar approach of organise, educating, empowering, advocating, and representing. The main objectives are: – To organize, establish, promote and protect the interest of the informal economy traders in Zimbabwe.
– To foster the democratization of the environment through rights awareness,
lobby and advocacy programs targeting the rank and file of the
Informal Economy Workers.
-To influence policy formations that will bring about social and economic
change whilst providing for the transformation of the Informal Economy
activities in Zimbabwe and beyond.

People Associated With This Organization

Wisborn Malaya

Zimbabwe  
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy... (Unverified)
Joined May 2022
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Disability Rights, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
My name is Wisborn Malaya secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), where he oversees and advocates for the interests of workers in the informal sector. I am also an executive member of the International Federation of Workers Education Associations (IFWEA), which aims to prioritize adult education opportunities for workers within their communities. Before becoming a ZCIEA full time secretary general and and IFWEA Board Executive Member, I served as the International East and Southern Africa Regional Coordinator for StreetNet, the International Alliance of Street Vendors (2009-2017), and I participated in the Global Labor University’s ENGAGE Program 2013 (University of Witwatersrand). My advocacy for workers’ rights is not limited to Southern Africa. In 2024 and 2015 I was put on the information gathering task force team for StreetNet International to input into the adopted ILO Recommendation 204 of 2015. In 2018 and 2019, I took part in the Informal Economy International Task Force Team, which pushed for the inclusion of the informal economy at the International Labor Conference in Geneva and advocated for the adoption of ILO Convention 190 on Eradication of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work with the cooperation of protecting workers in the informal economy. My role in ZCIEA is to administer all the ZCIEA work including resource mobilization, membership servicing, and growing the organization. I plan and coordinate all the institutional events and constitutional obligations. I also manage all the employed staff members of the organization. As I join this network, I am looking forward to learning a lot about the best way to advocate and promote legal cover for informal workers and traders who have become highly vulnerable groups in the society in my country and other parts of Africa as they work hard to feed their families. Working to feed their families has for a long time been treated as criminality, therefore, taking away their constitutional rights and universal rights as human beings. I, therefore, look forward to learning more from information sharing, building solidarity networks and synergies on issues of common interest beyond my country and my continent, as well as sharing my experiences with others. I also look forward to the network giving me opportunities to build young people and women who can become legal muscular to defend the freedom of their societies.

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