This booklet presents a summary of the ground-breaking findings of SLF’s informal economy research. Some of the findings have been
published in academic papers and journal articles. A list of such articles can be found at the end of this document. The document is comprised of a range of visual materials (including maps) available on the SLF website and EmergentCity portal ( The FIME micro-enterprise survey dataset can be publically accessed via the DataFirst platform ( The dataset comprises a record of 10,499 census points (not publically released) and 3365 survey interviews with microentrepreneurs in five sectors across eight of the original research sites (a ninth site has subsequently been researched). This document is intended for policy makers, business strategists, academic researchers and development practitioners.

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