AeT works to increase the voice and visibility of informal workers within urban planning and policy processes, and change attitudes and perceptions about informal work among policy makers, educators and built environment professionals.
Influencing political and social agendas is crucial to achieving real, sustainable change for informal workers and their organizations. Promoting engagement between different stakeholders takes place through a number of different activities and opportunities:
- media engagement;
- presentations to local, national and international stakeholders at conferences and meetings;
- policy dialogues with local, provincial and national government;
- engagement with the private sector – built environment professionals and enterprises;
- education and exposure for the general public and tourists through Warwick Market Tours;
- promoting workers’ legal empowerment through the Law Project (local laws and regulations affecting informal workers.
Ultimately, AeT’s advocacy efforts always focus on inclusivity and building capacity among informal workers to empower them to become their own advocates, and to promote environments and processes that embrace workers’ voices and engagement.