Sustainable Development Strategies: what roles for informal economy initiatives in the Post-2015 SDGs?

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    Powerful and continuing processes of globalization hold implications for the capacities of different sectors to contribute to well-being. Conventional thinking is nevertheless still focused on top-down strategies that seek to include and integrate people and places into the global capitalist economy. But, as a safeguard against the vagaries of the formal economic system, an important complementary approach could be to embrace and support bottom-up options for poverty relief and welfare delivery that operate outside the realm of the money economy. This implies recognizing the role of the informal economy more explicitly and creating a facilitating context for social innovations that can play important roles in more sustainable development. This chapter frames the issues as a contribution to discourse over the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable Development Research at ICIS:
    Subtitle of host publicationTaking Stock and Looking Ahead
    EditorsR. Cörvers, J. de Kraker, R. Kemp, P. Martens, H. van Lente
    PublisherICIS Maastricht University
    Number of pages432
    ISBN (Print)978 94 6159 647 5
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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