Inclusive Conversations for Inclusive Growth Coming to Davos

World Economic Forum annual meeting calls on leaders to deepen their commitment to inclusive development and equitable growth.

As business leaders and policymakers gather in Davos this week, billions of people on the outside continue innovating, working, hustling and investing in a better future for themselves and their families. To what extent are businesses and governments able to identify and respond to their initiative and come up with policies, products and services that improve lives and bottom lines for billions, not just for the wealthy? It’s an underlying question posed to the crowd convening for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this year, with the overall theme of “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.”

Some coming to Davos are already spending most or much of their time listening and responding to those billions. Like Nidan, a social enterprise in India that works with informal workers and street vendors.
For most people in most cities in the world, especially most big cities, street vendors are a ubiquitous feature of daily life. Despite their prevalence, or perhaps because of it, street vendors are easy targets for harassment or extortion of bribes by police officers, since they don’t usually have documented rights to operate where they operate or sell what they sell. Many street vendors may not be aware of laws regulating their presence or even of laws protecting them.
Image: Scene from the air as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon departs the World Economic Forum in Davos. 22 January 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
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