Integrated Municipal Markets in Central America: A Model of Cooperation for Local Development From Honduras

Integrated Municipal Markets in Central America: A Model of Cooperation for Local Development From Honduras

Antonio Juan Briones-Peñalver (Technology University of Cartagena, Spain), José Poças Rascao (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal) and Julio César Maldonado-Hernández (Grupo Surco, Honduras)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7265-7.ch019

Abstract

By its very nature, the characteristics of the informal economy are largely negative, since it can hold people and companies into a spiral of low productivity and poverty. A coherent national strategy to facilitate the transition to the formality has to recognize that the costs of informality of work are high for companies, workers, and the community. From the point of view of workers without protection, the negative aspects of work in the informal economy outweigh the positive aspects. Workers are not recognized, registered, regulated, or protected under labor and social protection legislation and, therefore, cannot enjoy their fundamental rights, exercise, or defend them. As they are usually not organized, collective representation before employers or public authorities is insufficient or non-existent. This chapter explains the informal economy in Honduras and Latin America, the problems of municipal markets, and its transition into the formal economy through the plan of cooperation for local development between the various participants in the country.
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Objectives

By their very nature, the characteristics of the informal economy are largely negative, since they can hold people and companies into a spiral of low productivity and poverty. A coherent national strategy to facilitate the transition to the formality has to recognize that the costs of informality of work are high for companies, workers and the community. From the point of view of workers without protection, the negative aspects of work in the informal economy outweigh the positive aspects.

Workers are not recognized, registered, regulated or protected under labor and social protection legislation and, therefore, cannot enjoy their fundamental rights, exercise or defend them. As they are usually not organized, collective representation before employers or public authorities is insufficient or non-existent.

This document explains the informal economy in Honduras and Latin America, the problems of municipal markets and, their transition into the formal economy, through the plan of cooperation for local development between the various participants in the country.

Methodology of Approach

This is a descriptive and analytic approach of case study of the informal economy in Latin America and Honduras looking for cultural or scientific contributions that exist on this subject from the existing reality. The survey was structured based on the systemic approach to the understanding of the problems of post modernity, seeking practical, operational or troubleshooting application of “people’s real life” and the organizations of Honduras and Latin America.

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Theoretical Framework

Different manifestations of social economy, cooperatives, companies, foundations, nonprofit organizations and the third sector; predictable collaborate in projects of development cooperation at international level with the presentation of innovative actions; and, for many, it is known that cooperation between business and strategic alliances in its various forms can be measured to guarantee the success and the entrepreneurship of some companies.

Research on international cooperation assumes prior knowledge in lines of action for rural development and territorial, and / or reconciliation of different approaches (sex, sustainability, human rights, collective and institutions, complementarily with the previous cooperation policies, etc.), taken into account in sector projects and strategies for planning international cooperation Spanish.

Description of innovative solutions, the profile of the groups who benefit from social, economic, environmental problems or development group, indicators of success, co-financing, training, etc. are parameters to take into account the feasibility of projects of cooperation that make positive and appropriate the applicability on the Social Economy entities that eventually participate.

On the other hand, two are the main causes that give rise to negative experiences in the field of cooperation between enterprises. First, the absence of a monitoring of the agreements, since all the emphasis is on having the first contact. And secondly, the lack of personal recommendation which it’s provides additional confidence to the Social economy entities (EES).

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