Chapter on “Roque Santeiro Informal Market” in the 2015 Informal Market Worlds ATLAS

Now on our website, read DW director Allan Cain’s chapter on Luanda’s Roque Santeiro market in the Informal Market Worlds ATLAS (published by nai010 in March 2015).

The market of Roque Santeiro emerged as an important centre of the informal economy in Luanda in the 1980s. The market, which had been a huge source of employment within the city, was closed in 2010. Its transfer meant a loss of employment for stevedores and ambulant sellers who earned a daily livings there and local house owners who provided overnight temporary warehousing of merchandise.

Many workers have lost their livelihoods as a consequence, a scenario which may have contributed to increased levels of crime and delinquency in Luanda. The Government however has renewed its determined effort to stamp out informal trading in early 2014 by announcing a heavy regime of fines, not only on informal traders, but on their customers as well.

Read about the history and current situation on our website here.

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Thursday, August 28 Presentation: The Challenges of Community Water Management

This Thursday evening, Development Workshop’s director Allan Cain will give a presentation in Luanda to the Angola Field Group on the topic of DW’s work in Community Water Management.

Angola Field Group

Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost, is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy DW. Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy Development Workshop.

More that a third of Luandans do not have access to drinking water. The informal water market in Luanda, pumping river water into water trucks to sell and then re-sell in city bairros, brings in more than 250 million dollars a year, according to a recent study by Development Workshop(DW), a local NGO that has been working in Angola for 34 years. The Angola Field Group invites you to take a closer look at the serious challenges of Community Water Management with DW Director and founder, Allan Cain, Thursday, August 28 at 7:45 PM (please note our new starting time) at the Viking Club. Mr. Cain, an architect, urban planner, and international speaker, will be launching two…

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I’m Thomas…

I’m Thomas de Azevedo Ngundike, I’m 34 years old, I’m married and I have two children. I was born in the city of Lubango on August 1. The demand for better conditions and opportunities brought me to Luanda in 1993, having lived as a student at home for 8 years.

I have a degree in Social Work from the Catholic University. I have worked at DW for 4 years, and have played several roles. Now I’m a project development coordinator. I like the work I do, mostly because it is helping to build a country perspective on participatory and social inclusion.

In my free time, I like to see action movies, read materials on community development, and to be with my children. I practiced footbool and handball until I broke my knee.

Currently, I’m doing another degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Metropolitan Institute of Angola.