Organizing & Organizations

“The first step out of poverty is organization. Organizing allows us to become social actors ... we can engage in stable transactions, build convergence of interests and access social protection.”
   ~Bernardo Toro, in a March 2008 presentation


Organizing gives the poorest segments of the working class – those working in the informal economy, especially women – a way to be heard by the decision makers who can affect their lives.

Organizing in the Informal Economy

Organizing informal workers has a long history. The benefits of organizing are great -- but the challenges are many. Read more


Informal workers are coming together to amplify their visibility, voice and power, and local organizations are uniting into federations and networks nationally, regionally and globally. Find out more.

WIEGO Organization & Representation Database

WORD – WIEGO's Organization & Representation Database offers information on organizations of workers in the informal economy. It now contains more than 900 detailed entries and is constantly growing. Visit WORD


Waste Pickers Around the World - A Database

WAW - Wastepickers Around the World is the first global database on waste pickers.

Collective Bargaining in the Informal Economy

Workers in the informal economy, including own account workers, engage in forms of collective bargaining. However, their counterparts across the table are often not employers, and the issues tackled are not always the same. Read more.

Worker Resources and Capacity Building Materials

Download free resources from WIEGO and partners.