‘There is No Future in it’: Pandemic and ride hailing hustle in Africa

Mohammad Amir Anwar, Jack Odeo, Elly Otieno

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Abstract / Description of output

This article examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ride-hailing drivers in Africa. It argues that though ride-hailing offers paid-work to some African workers, the commodified and informalised nature of this work results in poor job quality. The effects of which are greatly amplified during the pandemic. Drawing on a mixed methods approach: in-depth interviews with ride-hailing drivers in Nairobi and digital ethnography, it also provides a narrative of 'hustle' to outline strategies of resilience, reworking, and resistance among informal workers. It concludes by highlighting the need for adequate regulatory frameworks and on-the-ground solidarity networks to ensure decent working conditions and to push back against precarity in the gig economy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Labour Review
Early online date22 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Apr 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • ride-hailing
  • gig economy
  • Africa
  • Covid-19
  • hustling
  • platforms
  • Uber
  • pandemic
  • gender


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