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Informal Economy & WIEGO

The Development of Statistics on the Informal Economy

The Development of Statistics on the Informal Economy

Developing Concepts and Definitions

At the 1991 International Labour Conference, the informal sector was a topic for tripartite debate. This was the first time the informal sector was featured as a major agenda item in an international conference. In 1992, the ILO Bureau of Statistics prepared a report called “Statistics on Employment in the Informal Sector” as the basis for discussion at the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) the following year.

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

What is it like to be an informal worker in need of health services?
What barriers do informal workers face in accessing these services? What

Impact of Economic Crises on Home-Based Workers

Impact of Economic Crises on  Home-Based Workers

Findings of Two Studies by HomeNet Thailand

Two studies carried out by HomeNet Thailand, a network that helps organize informal home-based subcontracted and own account workers, underline the importance of organizing home-based workers and informal workers more generally.

Urban Informal Workers & The Green Economy

The urban poor – the majority of whom work informally – are at significant risk from the increased intensity and frequency of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves and constraints on fresh water associated with climate change.2 And as a changing climate drives more of the rural poor into cities, the urban working poor face increasing competition.

Ratifications of the Home Work Convention (C177)

Home-Based Workers

Ten countries have ratified the Home Work Convention (C177) of 1996, which aims to promote and protect the rights of those who work at home to create products specified by an employer. Recent years saw a resurgence in advocacy and a growth in ratifications. Through concerted efforts, this will continue to grow. Considerable time, energy and resources were spent on campaigning for ratification of C177.

Increasing the Visibility of Informal Workers through Photography

Increasing the Visibility of Informal Workers through Photography

Informal workers sell bananas at Agbogbloshie Market in Accra, Ghana
Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images Reportage

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Picker working at a recycling center in Bogota, Colombia