1. Introduction / Dan Banik 2. Towards an effective regulatory framework for labour rights and social protection in Southern Africa / Evance Kalula, Ngozi Okorafor and Pamhidzai Bamu 3. Poverty, legal empowerment and informal business in South Africa / Marlese von Broembsen 4. Waste management and the workplace / Jan Theron and Margareet Visser 5. Formalising trading spaces and places : an analysis of the informal sector in Lusaka, Zambia 6. The complexities and paradoxes of governing the informal sector in Malawi : the case of street vending in Zomba and Blantyre / Blessings Chinsinga and Happy Kayuni 7. The informal health industry in East Africa and implementation of the legal empowerment of the poor agenda in developing countries / Kanakulya Dickson 8. Human rights of the working poor in Uganda's informal sector / Lilian Keene-Mugerwa 9. Informal labour and the ethic of care : legal protection of care-givers in Malawi / Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo 10. The right to water : an inquiry into legal empowerment and property rights formation in Tanzania / Ellen Hillbom 11. Rights, legal empowerment and the informal economy in Africa : concluding remarks / Dan Banik.