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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
By Jacqueline M Klopp and Jeffrey W Palle, .

Nairobi is rapidly urbanising, as the city is poised to grow to six million people by 2030. But its growth is driven in part by rural push factors rather than urban industrial growth, contributing to a large informal sector and stark inequalities between neighbourhoods.

By Bosworthjune, Brendon.

While informal settlements have been on the international agenda for years, Habitat III is seen as an opportunity to incorporate best practice on human settlements and sustainable urban development into Africa's urban trajectory.

By Lidman, Melanie.

The infamous slum in the south of Ghana's capital of Accra is actually Old Fadama, but everyone outside calls it Sodom and Gomorrah. The illegal urban settlement is a crowded maze of ad-hoc buildings where transplanted refugees from Ghana's severely underdeveloped northern region live.

By Okoroafor, Cynthia.

Multiple award-winning Makoko Floating School was a beacon of hope in this Lagos slum until its collapse this week. Now some fear the whole area and its 300,000 residents are at renewed risk of being cleared out for redevelopment.

Pakistan Workers’ rights : Labourers demand ‘real’ raises The Express Tribune . (3 June 2016)

Labour unions have demanded the government set the minimum wage at Rs25,000 in the upcoming budget.


Participants at a seminar on the topic included representatives from the Home Based Women Workers Association.

Thailand Woman accused of preying on home-based workers Bangkok Post . (2 June 2016)

A group of 15-home-based workers on Thursday filed a complaint with police at the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECSD) against Chatchaya Chuemongkol for allegedly cheating them out of more than five million baht in total.

Pakistan Handmade products of female home-based workers exhibited The International News . (30 May 2016)

Women artisans from all over the country displayed their handmade products at an exhibition and fashion show organised to promote the work of female home-based workers.

HomeNet Pakistan Executive Director Ume Laila Azhar gave a presentation on the status of home-based workers, their working conditions, and the need for legislation to cover them under labour laws and security cover.

In the region, 40% out of those who are self-employed are women, 39% of people are female salaried employees, and only 5% are female employers.

By Weinssenstein, Michael.

The government currently allows private enterprise by self-employed workers in several hundred job categories ranging from restaurant owner to hairdresser.