Spatial and Compositional Formality–Informality Interfaces in the City of Harare, Zimbabwe

Inocent Moyo, Trynos Gumbo

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The Zimbabwean urban informal economy has been evolving since the country attained independence in 1980. In response to political and economic transformations, the phenomenon has been occupying places that were regarded as the preserve of its formal economic sector counterpart. This chapter focuses on the changing characteristics of urban informal economic activities in Harare and demonstrates how they have assumed features of formal businesses resulting in the compositional linkages. In doing so, the chapter illuminates the importance of the historical and politico-economic factors in shaping the compositional formality-informality interfaces in Harare city.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Book Series
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588


  • Formality-informality interface
  • Harare city
  • Urban informality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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