Informal Services in Asian Cities: Lessons for Urban Planning and Management from the COVID-19 Pandemic
People in the urban informal sector have suffered disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic and face a highly uncertain future.
While supporting the livelihoods of most of the developing world’s urban poor, the informal sector also deprives them of basic services and social protection. Rendered vulnerable to socioeconomic threats, people in the urban informal sector have suffered disproportionately during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and face a highly uncertain future.
Informal Services in Asian Cities explores informality’s forms and constraints. It describes the pandemic’s effects on the informal sector and how leveraging informal services can enable urban resilience. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book illustrates the transformative potential of urban planning and governance that addresses informality. It also details measures that could boost the informal sector’s inclusive and sustainable growth potential.
- 1. Introduction: Urban Informality and the COVID-19 Pandemic by Ashok Das and Bambang Susantono
- 2. Applying Systems Resilience to Deliver Poverty Alleviation Outcomes in Vulnerable Communities by Virinder Sharma and Joy Amor Bailey
- 3. Policies and Programs for the Urban Poor: Slum Upgrading in Indonesia by Joris van Etten and Tiffany M. Tran
- 4. Enabling Urban Resilience: Basic Services, Informality, and Livelihoods by Priyam Das, Lakpa Sherpa, and Ashok Das
- 5. Nourishment at the Margins of a Megacity: How the Poor Eat in Dhaka, Bangladesh by John Taylor, Ashok Das, Janet Naco, and Saiful Momen
- 6. Meeting the Demand for Water and Sanitation Services in Asia’s Informal Urban Areas by Penny Dutton, Isabel Blackett, Neeta Pokhrel, Lara Arjan, Christian Walder, and Ellen Pascua
- 7. Examining Micro and Small Enterprises from a Gender Perspective in Urban Cambodia by Dil B. Rahut, Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Panharoth Chhay, and Peter J. Morgan
- 8. Informal Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Digitalization: Challenges and Policy Actions in Indonesia by Shigehiro Shinozaki
- 9. Fintech, Government Aid, and Informal Household Businesses in ASEAN Economies during the Pandemic by Peter J. Morgan, Kunhyui Kim, and Long Q. Trinh
- 10. Post-Pandemic Employment Recovery: Case Study of Tricycle Drivers in Metro Manila by Takashi Yamano, Yasuyuki Sawada, Shigehiro Shinozaki, Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, Syngjoo Choi, and Siho Park
- 11. Learning from Informality during COVID-19: Leveraging Informal Services for Improved Planning in Asian Cities by Ashok Das and Bambang Susantono