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UNIFEM’s Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work & Poverty

UNIFEM (now called UN Women) asked WIEGO to write the 2005 issue of Progress of the World’s Women – UNIFEM’s biennial flagship publication– on the topic of “Women, Work, and Poverty.” Officially launched at the United Nations on September 16, 2005 to coincide with the Millennium Development Summit, the publication focuses on employment, especially informal employment, as a key pathway to reducing poverty and gender inequality.

WIEGO Special Initiatives: Past Initiatives

Collaborative Advocacy

China-India Comparative Labour Markets Research Project

From 2007-2011, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex and teams of researchers in China and India, WIEGO planned a comparative research project on labour markets and informal employment, including links with poverty and other social outcomes in the two countries. Read about this project and its outputs: Informal Employment, Poverty & Growth in India & China.

Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme

Oaxaca Mexico EDPFrom 2004 - 2011, WIEGO co-organized a series of Exposures and Dialogues with Cornell University and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India. The initiative promoted a dialogue between mainstream economists from Cornell, activists from SEWA, and researchers from the WIEGO Network.

Policy Dialogues

What is a Policy Dialogue?

A Policy Dialogue involves people from different interest groups sitting around one table to focus on an issue in which they have a mutual – but not necessarily common – interest. It assumes that people in different positions will have different perspectives on the same problem. For example:

Cornell University-SEWA-WIEGO Conference on Membership-Based Organizations of the Poor

This conference, held in Ahmedabad, India in January 2005, was predicated on the hypothesis that membership-based organizations of the poor (MBOPs) – organizations whose governance structures respond to the needs and aspirations of the poor because they are accountable to their members – are central to achieving equitable growth and poverty reduction.

Agenda-Setting Research Conference

speaker at Agenda-Setting Research conferenceOver the past decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in the informal economy as it continues to grow and to appear in new guises around the world. More institutions and individuals have begun to do research on the informal economy. Many of them begin by asking questions regarding the definition, composition, and causal explanation of the informal economy.

Accra Street Traders Make Their Concerns Heard by Municipal Officials

In March 2013, a Policy Dialogue was held in Accra, Ghana between informal street traders and officials from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ga East Municipal Assembly. Facilitated by WIEGO, the policy dialogue centred on the theme Ensuring Optimal Involvement of the Urban Informal Sector in National Economic Development. It was deemed a success in bringing the traders’ concerns to the attention of the authorities and sparking opportunities to engage further.

Informality, Poverty & Growth: Labour Markets In China & India

Research Design Workshop, April, 2007, Harvard University

Hosted by Asia Center, Harvard University

“World Class Cities” and the Urban Informal Economy Colloquium

In April 2006, WIEGO co-organized an urban policies colloquium, “‘World Class Cities’ and the Urban Informal Economy: Inclusive Planning for the Working Poor,” with StreetNet International and the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.