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Theme: Informal Economy
Program(s): Global Projects
By Kabas, Marisa.

When searching for stock photos of women at work, one typically finds pages of ladies in business suits, sitting behind desks. Less common are photos of women in developing nations cleaning homes, collecting waste, sewing fabric, or selling goods in local markets. Yet for millions of women across the globe, these too-often “invisible” jobs empower them and enable them to provide for their families and communities.

Ghana AMA To Appreciate The Plight Of Traders Spy Ghana . (17 August 2014)

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is working closely with Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO) to educate informal traders on spatial town planning on market development.

The Maritime and Dockworkers Union (MDU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has said the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA) has expressed its readiness to partner LONHRO PC, a British Company in the development and management of a free port project at Atuabo in the Ellembele District of the Western Region.

India Icrisat Ties Up With SEWA The Hindu Business Line . (16 May 2014)

Research unveiled at World Urban Forum challenges myths about the informal economy, and shows that urban informal workers play vital roles in the urban economy and help keep their households out of extreme poverty. The findings also indicate that city policies and practices tend to undermine informal livelihoods.

The researchers conclude that informal workers, who make up the majority of the urban workforce in most regions, could make greater contributions if local policies and practices supported, rather than hindered, their work.
The findings are from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), which examined the realities faced by informal workers in 10 cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America. IEMS is a collaboration between Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), which led the study, and WIEGO's partners in the Inclusive Cities project.

Una delegación de recicladores de países como la India, Brasil, Sur África y Colombia hacen presencia en esta séptima edición del Foro Urbano Mundial. Maitreyi Shankar, es una de las líderes en la India de la fundación Wiego (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) y habló sobre la problemática de los recicladores en los distintos países.

Kenya Kenya's Hardest Hit Morning Star Online . (1 August 2012)
By Elliot, Caroline.

This article looks at the plight of the more than 2.5 million Kenyans who struggle to feed their families as street traders on low incomes, and the impact of the absence of a legal framework that protects their rights to their livelihood. It also discusses the impact of the global economic recession and increasing costs on these workers, and cites the Inclusive Cities global economic crisis studies. It also talks about KENASVIT's work to improve life for Kenya's vendors.

For complete information on these studies, see:

No Cushion to Fall Back On: The Global Economic Crisis and Informal Workers (Horn 2009)

Coping with Crisis: Lingering Recession, Rising Inflation, and the Informal Workforce (Horn 2011)

United States Policy Matters: The Informal Economy Harvard Kennedy School News . (17 May 2012)
By Megias, Mari.

On a tour of a slum settlement in Ahmedabad City, India, Martha “Marty” Chen paused when she noticed a woman hunched over a neat row of little pill bottles.