Causes and Negative Consequences of Street Vending in Addis Ababa, The Case of Gulele Sub-City

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The study was aimed at analyzing the causes and consequences of street vending and suggesting mitigating solutions that Addis Ababa Gulele sub-city administrators face in managing street vendors and keeping the sub city in order. However, the street vendors’ issues cannot be solved at the sub-city level, even at the city level it cannot be solved, they are national affairs, and so it needs a national response. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative research methods, with data gathered through convenience and purposive sampling from 196 street vendors, 25 code enforcers, 25 street vendor customers, and government officials via questioners and interviews. The sample size of the survey was calculated using a sample size determination formula for an unknown population size. According to this study, the major causes of street vending are incompetence in the formal market, unemployment, government bureaucracy for licensing. The major negative effect of street vendors are creating traffic and sidewalk congestion, tax evasion, environmental pollution, selling poor quality items, and being threats to existing businesses by occupying legal trading areas to attract more customers The study recommended providing financial credit for street vendors, revising criteria of registration, and licensing street vendors within the aim of fair and equitable access. It is important to work in rural development to prevent rural urban lobar migration. Organizing street vendors' associations and generating awareness helps them understand their rights along with their obligations to work in a self-disciplined manner.



Street Vendors, Causes, Consequences, mitigating mechanisms,