chapter  5
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Urban Informal Sector in Selected Cities of South Asia: The Case of Nepal

Govind Prasad Dhakal

In rural areas, other than traditional subsistence agriculture, employment opportunities are meagre. Basic services necessary for survival and growth are inadequate. Structures and functions of service delivery agencies are centralised. The rural poor flock to big cities in search of livelihood. Inadequate employment opportunities in the formal and organised sector force them to form petty businesses in streets and other open spaces — the urban informal sector.