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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Region(s): East Asia & Southeast Asia ; Latin America & the Caribbean ; Other Europe
The Countries With the Highest Self-Employment Rates Jewish Business News . (28 April 2016)

According to an OECD report, self-employment rates are generally higher in countries with lower income levels per capita. The report defines self-employmed people as employers, own-account workers, members of producers' co-operatives and unpaid family workers. Greece has an impressive level of entrepreneurial flair with self-employment accounting for 35.4 percent of all employment.

"Vulnerable jobs, self-employed, own account workers, unpaid family contributors: our figure for that is that there are 1.5 billion - let's go from millions to billions - there are 1.5 billion people very nearly, working in these vulnerable situations. That represents 46 percent of the global workforce."

By Scruggs, Greg.

"The informal economy is growing, and this is an opportunity," said Gloria Solorzano Espinosa of the National Self-Employed Workers of Peru, speaking through an interpreter. "I want to make sure that the voice of informal workers is brought to the table."

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda? The Huffington Post . (28 September 2015)
By Ehrbeck, Tilman.

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.

Answers to the 'woman question' Daily Inquirer . (13 September 2015)
By Jimenez-David, Rina.

The UN Women executive director focused on three areas: the pay gap in formal labor, informal employment, and the "gender penalty."  It isn't just wages that matter. The nature of the work works to women's disadvantage, too. "In some developing regions," Mlambo-Ngcuka said, "upwards of 75 percent of women's employment is informal, unprotected by labor laws or social protection."

There is no women's empowerment without rights Open Democracy . (5 August 2015)
By Razavi, Shahra.

As "women's economic empowerment" becomes a popular development term, we must examine whether such programs are actually ensuring women's rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper The Huffington Post . (15 July 2015)
By Hobbes, Michael.

There's this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin's Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size.

By Montoya Bryan, Susan.

It's more than the world's largest folk art market. It's about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses.

The creation of decent and productive employment will be one of the issues in the agenda of the International Conference on Labor to be sessioning here as of today until June 13, reported the International Labor Organization (ILO).

By Low, Patrick.

World employment has not recovered following the 2008/9 Great Recession. Today, over 200 million are unemployed worldwide, up by 30 million from the 2008 level. That estimate more than doubles when the count includes those who have dropped out of the job market.