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WIEGO Manifesto

Support Informal Workers, Reduce Poverty

Employment – or more precisely “decent work” – is crucial to reducing poverty.

1. Most of the world’s poor – especially in developing countries – are working. Most informal workers are poor; most working poor are engaged in the informal economy.

2. The working poor cannot work their way out of poverty because the vast majority earn their living in the informal economy where average earnings are low and costs and risks are high.

WIEGO Niche: Why WIEGO is Unique

WIEGO is distinct from other global research or advocacy organizations. 

About WIEGO

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.

Examples of Good Practice

Over the course of 20 years working with and learning from membership-based organizations of informal workers representing diverse sectors in a range of different countries, we have built up an archive of examples of good and promising practice. The examples below represent both efforts that WIEGO supports, and efforts that we learned about through our MBO network. 

WIEGO Board of Directors

Current and Past Board Bios

 

WIEGO Working Paper Series

The WIEGO Working Paper Series features research that makes either an empirical or theoretical contribution to existing knowledge about the informal economy. Particular attention is paid to policy-relevant research. This series includes statistical profiles of informal employment and critical analysis of data collection and classification methods. Methodological issues and innovations, as well as suggestions for future research, are considered.

All WIEGO Working Papers are peer reviewed by the WIEGO Research Team and/or external experts.

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

Focal Cities Mexico City

Domestic workers at a workshop in Mexico City

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Social protection

Informal is normal. Informal employment accounts for the majority (61%) of employment worldwide (as high as 89 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 88 per cent in southern Asia).

Special Initiatives: Research

WIEGO 20th Anniversary Research Conference

In its first two decades, WIEGO has been at the forefront of developing new concepts and methods for understanding and measuring the informal economy. To mark WIEGO’s 20th Anniversary, and to identify new paths for research and thinking on the informal economy, the WIEGO Network held a research conference at Harvard University in the USA in November 2018.