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Focal Cities

map of focal cities

The WIEGO Focal City approach intensifies activities at the city level, in support of membership-based organizations (MBOs) and their efforts to improve outcomes for urban informal workers.

ILO-WIEGO Statistical Reports

WIEGO has worked closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the development of statistics on the informal economy.

In 2018, this collaboration led to the ILO publication of the first-ever global estimates on the size of informal employment.

Who We Are

The WIEGO Network consists of individuals and institutions from three broad constituencies:

Rethinking Formalization

The WIEGO Perspective

Formalization of the informal economy can take different forms: registration, taxation, organization and representation, legal frameworks, social protection, business incentives/support, and more. And formalization means different things to different categories of the informal workforce.

What is required is an approach to formalization of the informal economy that is comprehensive in design but context-specific in practice.

Newsletter on Law & the Informal Economy, March 2019

Newsletter on Law & the Informal Economy

March 2019

Promoting R204 in Malawi

WIEGO’s Law Programme and its Organization and Representation Programme partnered with the Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) to promote the implementation of R204 in Malawi, beginning in 2016.

WIEGO Newsletters

January 2019    English  |   en Español  |  en Français

WIEGO GA 2018 newsletter


Law and the Informal Economy: Past Activities

Law Programme: Past Activities

Street Vendors, Thailand
Paula Bronstein, Getty images / Reportage

Law Programme Engagement in Global Agenda Setting Processes

Law Programme Engagement in Global Agenda Setting Processes

WIEGO's Law Programme aims to challenge mainstream assumptions about law and informal workers -- namely that informal workers operate outside the law, or that their work is criminal -- at multiple levels. One important way we do this is by engaging in global agenda-setting processes.

Core Programmes

Core Programmes

For each of its programme areas, WIEGO commissions issues papers to identify programme, research and policy priorities. It then convenes workshops of grassroots, research and policy actors. Collaborating institutions and individuals undertake component activities.