Social Protection

Universal Health Coverage: An Informal Worker Perspective

Universal Health Coverage: An Informal Worker Perspective

Laura Alfers Mon Dec 11, 2017

Healthcare is a hot button issue around the world right now. As Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a rallying call for the global health movement, it has been embraced by both the World Bank and the World Health Organization as a core objective and is encapsulated within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3.8. The elevation of the need for UHC on key global platforms has been an important shift, but there is still a gap in the understanding of informal workers in this debate. 

From blood tests to aerobic dance: Training improves workers’ access to new Thai health fund – and their ideas are inspiring

From blood tests to aerobic dance: Training improves workers’ access to new Thai health fund – and their ideas are inspiring

Chidchanok Samantrakul, Sarah Orleans Reed and Suntaree H. Saeng-ging Mon Oct 16, 2017

Thailand is a global innovator when it comes to health promotion and prevention practices. Its Universal Health Coverage (UHC) system was built on the principle of people’s participation. Since its founding, UHC has institutionalized processes for marginalized groups to voice their health service delivery needs.

Joburg’s Reclaimers Win Important First Victory in Fight Against Privatization

Joburg’s Reclaimers Win Important First Victory in Fight Against Privatization

Mon Jul 31, 2017

By Carlin Carr

On July 13, hundreds of Johannesburg’s informal waste pickers (known locally as “reclaimers”) — men and women who have been collecting, separating, and selling the city’s reusable discards for generations — took to the streets to protest a municipal decision that could put them out of work essentially overnight. 

In India, One-stop Shops Increase Access to Healthcare, Nutrition and Social Security Services for Working Poor

In India, One-stop Shops Increase Access to Healthcare, Nutrition and Social Security Services for Working Poor

Laura Alfers Mon May 15, 2017

In India, the government has put in place well-meaning social security schemes, as well as health and nutrition programmes to combat malnutrition and increase health and well being in India. For the poor, these basic-needs schemes are especially important, but often unknown to them. SEWA's model worker empowerment centers address the challenges of delivery promising social-benefits schemes to those who need them most. 

Los derechos de los recicladores y las recicladoras de Ciudad de México son reconocidos por la Comisión de Derechos Humanos

Los derechos de los recicladores y las recicladoras de Ciudad de México son reconocidos por la Comisión de Derechos Humanos

Tania Espinosa Sánchez Wed Dec 14, 2016

En agosto de 2016, la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF) publicó por primera vez una Recomendación sobre el servicio de gestión de residuos para abordar las condiciones laborales de los y las recicladoras de la ciudad.

Mexico City’s Waste Pickers Gain Support of City’s Human Rights Commission

Mexico City’s Waste Pickers Gain Support of City’s Human Rights Commission

Tania Espinosa Sánchez Wed Dec 7, 2016

In August 2016, Mexico City's Commission on Human Rights (CDHDF) issued the first-ever recommendation on waste management service to address the labour conditions of the city’s waste pickers. It includes measures that the central government and the delegations (municipalities) should implement to guarantee the labour rights of waste pickers who provide the services of collecting, sorting and transporting recyclable materials at no cost to the city.

"La expresión ‘protección social’ en realidad no existía hace 20 años."

"La expresión ‘protección social’ en realidad no existía hace 20 años."

Wed Sep 21, 2016

Gisèle Yasmeen, la nueva Directora de Protección social de WIEGO habla sobre el aumento de la visibilidad de las y los trabajadores en empleo informal

Tuvimos la oportunidad de hablar con la nueva Directora del programa de Protección social de WIEGO, la Doctora Gisèle Yasmeen, sobre algunas de las principales tendencias en dicho sector en la actualidad. Gisèle tomó el cargo en abril de 2016, sucediendo a Francie Lund, Directora y fundadora del programa.

“The expression ‘social protection’ didn’t really exist 20 years ago.”

“The expression ‘social protection’ didn’t really exist 20 years ago.”

Fri Sep 9, 2016

WIEGO’s new social protection director, Gisèle Yasmeen, on the increasing visibility of informal workers

We had an opportunity to speak with WIEGO’s new Social Protection Programme Director, Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen, on some of the key trends happening in the sector today. Gisèle took over the position in April 2016 from Francie Lund, the programme’s founding director. Gisèle has done extensive research on micro- and small-scale enterprises in the food sector, particularly street food vendors.

Domestic workers in Johannesburg: Hidden, vulnerable and essential

Domestic workers in Johannesburg: Hidden, vulnerable and essential

Thu Sep 8, 2016

By Leslie Vryenhoek

Domestic workers represent a vast, hidden and essential workforce whose efforts inside private homes allow their employers to be more productive outside the home. In Johannesburg, South Africa, domestic work provides a major source of employment. But capturing the working lives of domestic workers is a difficult assignment—to see firsthand the workplace requires permission to enter a private home. Only employers who know they are fair will open the door to a camera and an interview.

Child care for women informal workers proves essential to earning power

Child care for women informal workers proves essential to earning power

Wed Aug 31, 2016

By Rachel Moussie

Women’s economic empowerment is a central feature of development debates today. A key focus is the economic and social benefits that arise from women’s greater and more equal participation in the labour market. Calls for improving pay and working conditions, eliminating legal barriers to women’s economic engagement, and greater financial and digital inclusion to support women-led enterprises feature as key recommendations for empowering women. 

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