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Theme: Informal Economy

Un atelier s'est ouvert ce lundi à Dkar sur la formation sur les négociations collectives pour les travailleurs  informels de Dakar. Rencontre à laquelle les récupérateurs de déchets, vendeuses et vendeurs de rue, Chauffeurs de taxi etc... ont pris part à cette rencontre . 

By Noguchi, Yuki.

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is made up of workers under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. Workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be touched by the movement toward independent work — one without the constraints, or benefits, of full-time employment. Policymakers are just starting to talk about the implications.

Delhi India Informal Workers Narratives: "We are People Too" NewsClick . (17 January 2018)

The informal workers narratives, hosted by Working Peoples' charter and WIEGO, brings together a panel of workers from different trades, including domestic workers, e-rickshaw drivers, waste-pickers, street vendors, home-based workers, Hamal and other workers, showcasing their life, their work, and their challenges. The conversation throws light on the role played by informal workers in making of our cities, and how the city continues to marginalizes them.

Delhi India Low wages, no respect, no security…this is how we treat informal workers The Indian Express . (16 January 2018)
By Sarfaraz , Kainat .

Organised by the Working Peoples’ Charter, a collective that works with informal labour, the event Informal Workers' Narratives 1.0 was an effort to initiate a dialogue between informal labourers and the people they work for. About 90 per cent of India's workforce is in the unorganised sector.

By Sharma, Radha.

Gauri and Shanti's entrepreneurial success is part of the 'Hum Sab EkHain' experiment initiated by Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa) with Airbnb in 2017 to allow its rural members to tap into new forms of livelihood opportunities. The initiative started with nine listings and has grown to 50 houses in Patan, Mehsana, Chhota Udepur, Surendranagar and Aravalli.

What brings them together is a cooperative called the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), a network and advocacy platform of 636 street vendor organisations representing 8,67,426 vendors across 25 states of India. A vendor is anyone who buys or sells a service from temporary or non-pucca structures.

Accra Ghana Hawkers asked to vacate streets as police, AMA begin decongestion Joy Online . (3 January 2018)

"The Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the police will from next week wage war on traders and hawkers on the streets of Accra as part of a major decongestion exercise.


From Monday, January 8, 2017, a taskforce made up police and personnel from the AMA will forcefully evict hawkers and traders who have encroached on pavements, footbridges, other open sources and all ceremonial routes remain adamant."

India Throwing light on migrants’ issues The Hindu . (19 December 2017)

The International Migrants Day observance by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) union here on Monday proved to be a platform for discussing the migrant labourers and their many issues.

Advancing women’s economic empowerment: why data matters LSE International Development Blog . (16 December 2017)

This article by Emma Samman and Abigail Hunt summarizes a recent ODI blog series on Women, Work and Economic Empowerment. The blog series features contributions from diverse stakeholders who produce and/or use gender data to give perspectives on the experiences and preferences of women with the aim that the information can inform policymaking. Martha Chen and Joann Vanek of WIEGO were among the previous contributors whose article is summarized here. 

Spain Barcelona's 'blanket men' try to rebrand BBC News . (7 December 2017)
By Madi, Mohamed.

This article discussed re-branding as a resilience strategy of street vendors in Barecelona, Spain.