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WIEGO's Work with Cooperatives

Cooperatives are an important form of democratic organization and solidarity for informal workers, who come together to gain access to services and markets and to engage in collective negotiations.

WIEGO works with, supports and conducts research on cooperatives in many regions. Here is a sample of that work.

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

Informal Women Workers Mobilizing for Child Care

Informal Women Workers Mobilizing for Child Care

Child care for women informal workers deserves attention both from within their organizations and movements and from local and national authorities.

March 2017

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Social Protection Programme: Past Activities

Social Protection Programme: Past Activities

Informal Worker

New Solutions: Health and Safety for Informal Workers

New Solutions: Health and Safety for Informal Workers

New Solutions Journal - Special Issue on Health and Safety for Informal Workers

Child Care and Informal Workers

WIEGO's Child Care Initiative

Child care is vital. Families, especially in the poorest households, rely on the earnings of informal women workers. A lack of quality child care contributes to gender inequalities in labour force participation rates and earnings and exacerbates high levels of poverty among women informal workers.

Ghana Health Policy Dialogue

Impact: Marginalized Workers Gain Healthcare Access

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kayayei

A Health Policy Dialogue held in Accra, Ghana on July 26, 2012 resulted in over 1,000 head porters, known as kayayei in Ghana, gain access to health care services through the Ghanaian National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). 

Conceptual Framework for Social Protection for Informal Workers

A conceptual framework, developed in WIEGO’s early years, posed the core question that continues to drive the Social Protection Programme:

“Under what circumstances can which kind of workers in the informal economy (especially poorer working women) secure access to what core measures of provision, which can be incrementally improved upon in the future?”

Health Policy Dialogue, Thailand, 2012

A number of countries have introduced significant national policy reforms to extend health coverage, with one specific objective being to include informal workers. Ghana, India and Thailand are the best known. In January 2012, WIEGO and HomeNet Thailand co-hosted a Health Policy Dialogue in Bangkok, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The dialogue focused on whether and how informal workers have been included. Questions addressed were: