Founded in 1994, INSP (International Network of Street Papers) supports and develops over 120 street paper projects in 40 countries in 24 languages, with a combined readership of 6 million per edition.
Street papers are independent newspapers and magazines that operate on a social enterprise and self-help model to provide an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment.
Street paper vendors purchase copies of their local street paper at half the cover price and become micro entrepreneurs, selling their product on the streets, to earn their own living and support themselves and their families. In addition to employment, many INSP street papers offer their vendors on-going social support and training opportunities.
We support the development and sustainability of our members, and add value to their work so that thousands of homeless vendors - 250,000 so far - can earn a living and improve their lives. We do this by providing a range of services and projects, including advice, resources, training, innovation and editorial support through our online news service.
We also help local community groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to start up street papers in their communities, to address the need for employment and support for homeless and unemployed people.