Background on Informal Economy Budget Analysis

Informal Economy Budget Analysis (IEBA) explores how budgets respond to the informal economy, draws inspiration from gender-responsive budgeting initiatives and participatory budget initiatives.

Gender-responsive budgeting initiatives take many forms and can involve diverse actors. However, all ask the underlying question as to how government budgets differentially address the needs and interests of women and men, girls and boys.

Participatory budget initiatives provide opportunities for ordinary citizens and/or representatives of organized groupings to participate in decision-making around how government budgets are allocated. They can also involve citizens and group representatives in implementation and monitoring of projects for which budgets have been allocated.

WIEGO's Work

As part of its Inclusive Cities work, WIEGO analyzed budget allocations for informal workers in Brazil, Pakistan, Peru, and the Philippines. Each case focused on a few types of informal workers. Debbie Budlender, who co-ordinated the project, synthesized the findings in “Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Brazil, Pakistan, Peru and Philippines” and has also produced a technical guide for those interested in conducting informal economy budget analyses.

Read more about the Informal Economy Budget Analysis and see Case Reports.