Inclusive Cities and the Urban Informal Economy

WIEGO and the Habitat III Process


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Throughout the 2015-2016 Habitat III process, the WIEGO Network was active in advocating for the recognition and integration of informal workers and their livelihoods into the New Urban Agenda document.

Read more on our Habitat III page.


Informal workers contribute to the economy worldwide

More productive and equitable cities are created when the contribution of informal workers is recognized, they are involved in decision processes, and their livelihoods are integrated into local economic and urban plans.

WIEGO has developed an extensive knowledge base on how inclusive urban planning can protect informal livelihoods and make them more productive, thus enriching cities.

WIEGO’s Inclusive Cities and the Urban Informal Economy showcases this knowledge base and offers a range of tools, research findings and recommendations.

Through our statistical work to improve data on urban and city-level data, grounded multi-city research initiatives and through collaborations with membership-based organizations (MBOs) of the working poor – including the Inclusive Cities Project (2008-14) – WIEGO and our members/partners are helping address urban poverty by reshaping urban planning and policies.