Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net.
If you live in Greece or Spain or even in parts of the United States, that nasty gurgling sound is the economy going down the drain. The official economy, that is -- the one that gets tracked by the accountants and tax officials and economists who feature in the media every day.
What do an arms dealer, an agricultural worker, a sex worker, and a dining hall worker all have in common? They all operate in the increasingly growing realm of grey areas between legal/illegal, licit/illicit and formal/informal economies.