Livelihoods

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.

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.

Can Waste Pickers Help Solve Delhi’s Towering Trash Problem?

Can Waste Pickers Help Solve Delhi’s Towering Trash Problem?

Shalini Sinha Mon Aug 27, 2018
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Topics: Livelihoods

With Avi Singh Majithia

Delhi’s Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in the world, rises high above many of the capital city’s landmarks, but will soon have less boastful competition: a growing mountain of waste that is now towering over the city.

How the Draft WDR 2019 Got it Wrong: Rethinking and “Relinking” Social Protections for the Future of Work

How the Draft WDR 2019 Got it Wrong: Rethinking and “Relinking” Social Protections for the Future of Work

Laura Alfers Wed Jul 25, 2018

The World Bank’s recently released draft of the World Development Report (WDR) 2019 makes a controversial call to delink important social protections, such as social security and pensions, from employer-based schemes to meet the needs of a new world of work. Completing delinking, however, could have potentially devastating consequences on the informal labour force, making the poorest workers even more vulnerable.

“Tomorrow is Ours”: India’s Informal Workers Declare in New Radio Programme

“Tomorrow is Ours”: India’s Informal Workers Declare in New Radio Programme

Mon Jul 9, 2018
Topics: Livelihoods

For 13 weeks, in 2017, the unthinkable happened for informal workers: they captivated audiences across Northern India by bringing the public inside their grueling work lives.

Planeta Verde: cooperativa colombiana revoluciona la recolección de residuos

Planeta Verde: cooperativa colombiana revoluciona la recolección de residuos

Sat Jul 7, 2018
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Topics: Livelihoods

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