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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
By Fernandez, Mariana.

Perennial floods have been a continuous problem in Accra for decades, but, according to Senior Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, Shiloh Fetzek, a more vigorous hydrological cycle due to climate change is resulting in unprecedented levels of rainfall season after season.

By Salian, Priti.

It is almost 10:30pm and Mohammad Rafiq Shaikh is trying to stitch up the last of the sling bags for an order that needs to be dispatched the next day. He usually leaves his workshop by 10pm, but today there is extra work.

Pakistan Our invisible and neglected workforce. The Express Tribune . (23 July 2016)
By Ali, Syed Mohammad.

The Home Based Women Workers Foundation, for instance, has recently estimated that around 1.2 million women work from their homes, but the formula of minimum wage is not applied on them and neither are they provided with basic healthcare by their employers, nor do they have any form of unionisation which can represent them.

Ahmedabad India How home-based workers in Ahmedabad formed a union to improve their lives The Global Urbanist . (22 July 2016)
By Carr, Carlin.

In the first of a series of photo essays from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) Carlin Carr introduces members of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad. The organisation has been supporting informal workers to gain greater visibility and improve their working conditions.

Philippines Rody assures squatters of relocation. Inquirer . (19 July 2016)
By Ramos, Marlon.

This will be the mantra of the Duterte administration in dealing with informal settlers, or squatters, who often figure in violent clashes with police over their eviction.

By R, Aditi.

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) will be constructing 26,978 in the same locality houses across the State.

Myanmar Evicting the Residents of 555. Next City . (18 July 2016)
By Tickner, Steve.

Myanmar's young democratic government wants to remake slum clearance, but "new" tactics look unsettlingly familiar.

By Leighton, Heather.

The Olympics' venues are mostly in the wealthy areas south and west of the city, where the real estate market was booming until a few years ago. Rio's northern favelas, the city's infamous slums, will see few economic benefits from the Games, underscoring the vast gap between the rich and poor - the white, brown and black - in a divided city.

By The BFT online, .

Mr. Anuwa-Amarh explained that irregular and insufficient incomes coupled with ignorance of the scheme are some reasons inhibiting employers' capabilities to contribute meaningfully towards life after work. Going forward, he said informal employers should be seen as entrepreneurs and supported to establish their businesses and not 'merely as people who must be put together and taxed.'

Pakistan A City For 'her'. The News International . (12 July 2016)
By Ahmed, Shahzada Irfan .

"HBWs are being forcibly relocated to the periphery of cities. Policies regarding housing, slum eviction and relocation, and land allocation directly affect HBWs than other informal workers as they produce a wide variety of goods and services from their home: for the city, for local economies and even for global producers.