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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers

Urban informal livelihoods should be on the New Urban Agenda, said Professor Martha Chen from Harvard Kennedy School at an event ‘Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India: ‘Exploring New Collaborations and Engagements’.

By Shrestha, Niranjan.

Nepalis build highways, stadiums and houses in Gulf states and guard shopping malls, sew sweatshirts and assemble televisions in Malaysia. Anyone who has bought imported sportswear or electronics, or who plans to go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, may be using the products of their labor.

By Benavot, Aaron.

One of the major challenges cities face is that they house many people working in vulnerable jobs and informal employment. In 2013, domestic workers, home-based workers, and street vendors accounted for about a third of urban employment in India, for example.

India Art, artisan and micro-financing. Greater Kashmir . (12 December 2016)
By Kashmir , Greater.

Despite skilled, they have failed to lift their lives to modern living standard. Reason has been the lack of access to the formal financial resources.

By Harsh Mander, Anirban Bhattacharya, Nandini Dey & Vivek Mishra., .

Home-based workers hit. As we stepped into her ramshackle abode, she was making chapatis on firewood. She explained that she had been forced to discontinue her LPG connection as her supplier refused to accept old notes.

This comes in the wake of a delegation of 15 Tanzanian union Self Help Group (SHG) leaders and NGO coordinators who are in Ahmedabad this week to study SEWA's organising of informal workers.

Ghana Ghana's first pension fund targeting the informal sector. How We Made it in Africa . (6 December 2016)
By Douglas, Kate.

A micro-pension scheme in Ghana is looking to change the status quo. The People's Pension Trust Ghana (PPTG), launched by the Dutch company Enviu, is offering pension savings products tailor-made for Ghana's informal sector.

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland Five million self-employed workers set to benefit from new pensions revolution. The Telegraph . (2 December 2016)
By Morley, Katie.

Five million self-employed workers are set to benefit from a "pensions revolution" being planned by the Government, which could see them automatically enrolled into pensions and let them pick their own state pension age.

Pakistan PM urged to announce textile package The News . (12 November 2016)

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Central Chairman Amir Fayyaz has appealed the prime minister to announce the agreed textile package to build on the advantage of stable macroeconomic indicators.

Pakistan HomeNet hails govt for protecting HBWs rights The Frontier Post . (11 November 2016)

HomeNet Pakistan is highly thankful and acknowledges the remarkable efforts of Sindh Government in taking lead for protecting HBWs rights, Cheif Minister Sindh has approved Policy of HBWs in Sindh on Friday.