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WIEGO Publication Series

To contribute to existing knowledge on the informal economy, the WIEGO Publication Series features publications by WIEGO researchers, members and partners. The series has four broad categories of publications to satisfy different readers’ needs.

What We Do

Informal head load porter (or kayayei) Mamuna Mohammed carries bananas through Agbogbloshie Market in Accra, GhanaPhoto by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images Reportage

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), a project under Inclusive Cities and led by WIEGO, was conducted in 2012 in 10 cities to explore how informal livelihoods are changing, how informal workers respond, and what institutions help or hinder their lives.

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Souley Zeinabou, President of FENASEIN in Niger, speaking at International Labor Conference 2014

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. 

WIEGO Board

See all biographies of current and past Board of Directors

The WIEGO Board of Directors is comprised of:

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).