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Spotlight on Informal Workers in South Africa

In March, South Africans mark Human Rights Day (March 21), established to raise awareness of human rights and ensure the abuses common in the past  do not happen again. In honour of this, we have compiled a list of stories and publications about South African informal workers.

Connections in Accra, Ghana

WIEGO held its annual Team retreat and Board meeting meetings in October in Accra, the capital of Ghana, a country in which informal employment accounts for as much as 90 per cent of all employment. At concurrent Board and Team meetings, the focus was on “Maximizing the Moment,” a theme chosen because increased funding has allowed for the acceleration and expansion of WIEGO activities, especially those in support of the membership-based organizations (MBOs) of the poor.

Informal Economy in Benin

Clarisse Gnahoui, WIEGO Board Member, BeninClarisse Gnahoui, WIEGO Board member, wrote the following about the informal economy in Benin.

Makola Market Traders' Union

Makola Market, Accra Ghana

The New Makola Market Traders’ Union of Ghana T.U.C represents workers in the renowned Makola Market in central Accra, Ghana.  It was formed in 1999, and was registered in 2002 with the Registrar General Department.  The Union became an official was affiliate of the Ghana T.U.C. 2003, and is also a member of StreetNet Ghana.

We Are Workers Too!

Home-Based Worker Manual for OrganizersA Manual for Organizers of Homeworkers

Who This Manual Is For

This manual is for anyone who is involved in helping home-based workers to organize for a better future.

“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.

Statistics Meetings on the Informal Economy

International Expert Group on Informal Sector Statistics,
"The Delhi Group"

Delhi Group on Informal Sector Statistics - Brief History and Purpose
All meeting reports

Measuring Informal Employment in Developed Countries

Harvard University
Cambridge MA, USA
October 31-November 1, 2008

WIEGO Turns 15 - Greetings Received from Members

Introduction: 

On the occasion of WIEGO's 15th anniversary in April 2012, the following messages were received from our members, new and long-standing. We are delighted to have such inspiring partners the world over.


Dear friends,
We all are celebrating together this great mark of 15 years of blessed work that WIEGO family has developed all over the world to empower poorest population.
It’s an honor for us to take part of this group.

Congrats for all,

Eduardo Marinho
UFBA/ISC - Brazil

A Common Vision for WIEGO’s Work with Waste Pickers

At the global and local level, and across all regions, WIEGO’s work with waste pickers pursues a common vision: