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Jakarta Street Vendor

by on July 10, 2009
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Street vending activities often are associated with rejected urban element as a result of illegal location occupation – 83.4% operate in illegal locations (BPS, 2011). Based on DKI Jakarta City Bylaw no 11/1988, Section 16, the eviction of street vendors is conducted by the city officials.

Nevertheless, the street vendors in Indonesia also have potential positive character to the city. It is part of lively atmosphere and appearance of the city. Despite the fact that access to credit for informal sector are rare, in 1999 street vendors in Jakarta contributed  IDR 27 million or USD 2.7 million (Saraswati, 2001).

The presences of street vendors are one of entry point, a prism, to view dynamic of urban experience. It has shared key issues by the urban poor, including land tenure insecurity; personal legal status; basic urban services; access to capital and financial service; social relationships and networks and women’s working roles. It is rejected yet inevitable element that shape façade of Jakarta urban settings

From → Indonesia

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