Livelihoods

Living on the Precipice of Extreme Poverty: How Financial Downturns Devastate the Working Poor

Living on the Precipice of Extreme Poverty: How Financial Downturns Devastate the Working Poor

Tue Jun 18, 2019

The global economic crisis that rocked the world in 2008 led to increased financial hardship for informal workers, most of whom already lived in precarious circumstances. Now, more than ten years on, informal workers continue to struggle for increased security to strengthen their every day working lives.

Without social security benefits, healthcare, childcare, or inclusive regulatory frameworks, they live constantly at risk of falling into deep poverty, even without another major economic disaster.

Evicted: How Mexico City’s Shoe Shiners Fought Displacement and Challenged “Future” Cities

Evicted: How Mexico City’s Shoe Shiners Fought Displacement and Challenged “Future” Cities

Tue May 28, 2019

By Carlin Carr

Everyone wants to look spiffy in the city, and in Mexico City, shoe shiners have kept residents looking their very best for decades.

But Mexico City, like cities around the world, is changing. The city is rapidly upgrading and on its high-speed quest to “modernize”, beloved informal micro-businesses are being pushed out without discussion or notice.

The 5:00 a.m. eviction

The shoe shiners of Glorieta de Insurgentes Square have experienced this change firsthand.

Year in Review: Five reflections on the "Future of Work"

Year in Review: Five reflections on the "Future of Work"

Thu Dec 20, 2018

What will work look like in a future of robots and automation? This question has taken the year by storm, but the debates often overlook the reality for more than half the world’s workers — those in the informal economy. We look back at five WIEGO blog posts from 2018 that rethink headlines about the “future of work” and call for a broader understanding of the realities on the ground for millions of workers across the Global South.

Against the Odds: Resilience, Solidarity and Community Spirit Keep Warwick Markets Alive

Against the Odds: Resilience, Solidarity and Community Spirit Keep Warwick Markets Alive

Fri Nov 30, 2018
Occupational Groups: Street Vendors
Topics: Livelihoods

By Leslie Vryenhoek with photos by Jonathan Torgovnik

About half-a-million people flow through Warwick Junction every day — every one of them a potential customer for the thousands of informal traders selling everything from fresh fruit to prepared meals, from clothing to hardware to traditional medicine.

For over a hundred years, trade has flourished at this major transport hub in the heart of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in Durban, South Africa.

Delhi’s Free Public Transportation for Women Could be an Economic Game-changer for the Poorest

Delhi’s Free Public Transportation for Women Could be an Economic Game-changer for the Poorest

Shalini Sinha Thu Jul 4, 2019
Topics: Livelihoods

The recent proposal by the Delhi government to make public transportation free for women has been hailed as a way to improve women’s safety in the city. The idea is that group solidarity on buses and trains has the potential to reduce risks faced in individual rickshaws or by walking alone, especially at night in a city that has been seen as unsafe.

Desalojados: Cómo los aseadores de calzado de Ciudad de México han luchado contra el desalojo y desafiado a las ciudades “del futuro”

Desalojados: Cómo los aseadores de calzado de Ciudad de México han luchado contra el desalojo y desafiado a las ciudades “del futuro”

Tue May 28, 2019

Por Carlin Carr

Todos quieren ir elegantes en la ciudad y durante décadas, los aseadores y aseadoras de calzado en Ciudad de México han contribuido a que los residentes lucieran su mejor aspecto.

Pero Ciudad de México, igual que otras ciudades en el mundo está cambiando. Se está renovando a una gran velocidad y en su rápido afán de “modernizarse”, pequeños negocios informales muy estimados están siendo expulsados sin diálogo ni previo aviso.

Eye Witness: WIEGO’s Brazilian Waste Expert Dispatches from India

Eye Witness: WIEGO’s Brazilian Waste Expert Dispatches from India

Tue Feb 5, 2019
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Topics: Livelihoods

WIEGO’s Exposure Dialogue Programme (EDP) on Law and Informality brought global experts to Ahmedabad, India, to stay two nights in the homes of Self-Employed Women´s Association (SEWA) members. Experts followed workers in their daily schedules — from morning religious rituals to long days on dump sites.

Cinco reflexiones sobre el "futuro del trabajo": un año de debates

Cinco reflexiones sobre el "futuro del trabajo": un año de debates

Thu Dec 20, 2018

¿Cómo será el trabajo en un futuro con robots y automatización? Este tema ha sido profundamente abordado durante el año, pero los debates a menudo pasan por alto la realidad de más de la mitad de los trabajadores y trabajadoras en el mundo ‒los que laboran en la economía informal. Aquí recordamos las cinco entradas del blog de WIEGO en 2018 que reflexionan sobre temas relacionados con el “futuro del trabajo” y demandan una mayor comprensión de las realidades sobre el terreno de los y las trabajadoras de los países en vías de desarrollo.

Bangkok’s renowned street vendors march against evictions – and rally widespread support

Bangkok’s renowned street vendors march against evictions – and rally widespread support

Fri Sep 7, 2018

By Chidchanok Samantrakul and Sarah Orleans Reed

After relentless evictions against their livelihoods, on 4th September 2018, Bangkok street vendors marched on the government house to demand a halt to these actions. The march was led by a new, city-wide street vendor organization that has recently expanded in numbers, allies, and voice, and is calling on the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority to negotiate a way forward.

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