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Group 1 Pentagon

Group Members
Omaer Ahmad ZR-09 Kawsar Ahmad ZR-50 Rafaat Wasik Ahmed ZR-53 Nasim Ul Haque ZR-54 Rashed Al Ahmad Tarique ZR-61

A success story
90,000 street vendors according to Dhaka City Corporation 46% permanently employed 9% women 75 types of street vendors 29% of vendors are illiterate Only option for large number of urban low income earners

Sources: New Age, September 11 Bangladesh Today, January 21, 2009

Can it be sustained?
Banned by Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ordinance since 1976 13 attempts to evict by the Government since 1992 Holiday market proposed by the Caretaker Government 15 associations run by muscle power of local goons

Problem Statement
Despite their contribution towards employment generation and provision of low cost goods, the respective authorities still do not recognize street vendors of Dhaka city as legal entities.

Big Research Question

How to ensure the long term sustainability of street vendors of Dhaka by bringing them into the legal framework?

Broad Objective
To find out how the long term sustainability of street vendors of Dhaka city can be ensured by bringing them into legal framework.

Specific Objectives
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Identify perceived benefits and disadvantages of legalizing street vendors of Dhaka Identify steps for strengthening the vendor associations Identify facilities in urban planning required for setting up of hawking zones Identify factors needed to make street vendors a part of urban distribution system Ensure participation by various organizations, such as the police and NGOs in conducting vending activities Promote access to credit for street vendors through federations, MFIs, cooperatives, etc.

Sources: Street Vendors in Asia: A Review, Sharit K Bhowmik National Policy For Urban Street Vendors, India

Study conducted only in Dhaka city 2. Types of vendors: Clothing, Accessories, Footwear, Pirated CDs, Electrical goods

Multi-stage non-probability sampling will be used Area Sampling Convenient Sampling

Overview of Research Process

Hypothesis building

Primary Quantitative

Conclusive result

4-7 May 8 May

Depth Interview

8-9 May
Questionnair e

11-18 May

19-29 May

30 May