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Global Trade: Garment Workers

WIEGO seeks to promote a better understanding of how the working poor in the informal economy are inserted into the global economy, and with what consequences; and to identify strategies to promote fair trade for informal producers who want to export their goods and ethical trade for informal wage workers or homeworkers who work in global value chains.

Because the garment sector is one of the most globalized sectors and employs large numbers of women under poor working conditions, garment workers were the first category of the global informal workforce that WIEGO focused on.

Exposure Dialogue Programmes

Exposure Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) allow researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields to experience firsthand the challenges workers in informal employment face.

Who We Are

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

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

WIEGO's Work in Bangkok

Market vendors in Thailand
Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

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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.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International

Delhi Diary

Delhi Diary highlights reflections, insights and field notes from the Focal City Delhi (FCD) team in their ongoing work with informal workers. We capture these on a regular basis in order to provide a dynamic picture of the ways in which informal workers in Delhi are consistently struggling, resisting and innovating against great odds.

Newsletter on Law & the Informal Economy, March 2019

Newsletter on Law & the Informal Economy

March 2019