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WIEGO Special Initiatives: Past Initiatives

WIEGO Special Initiatives:
Past Initiatives

Collaborative Advocacy

China-India Comparative Labour Markets Research Project

Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme

Oaxaca Mexico EDPFrom 2004 - 2011, WIEGO co-organized a series of Exposures and Dialogues with Cornell University and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India. The initiative promoted a dialogue between mainstream economists from Cornell, activists from SEWA, and researchers from the WIEGO Network.

Focal Cities Mexico City

Domestic workers at a workshop in Mexico City

In Mexico, 57 per cent of workers are employed in the informal economy – more than half the country's employed population.

In Mexico City (CDMX), 23 per cent of the economically-active population is informally employed, while 24 per cent are in formal employment and 53 per cent are not employed.

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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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.

Guests live and work alongside their hosts for a period of days. After the exposure, both guests and hosts reflect on the experience. Guests then engage in a structured dialogue on a relevant topic such as informality and labour markets or informality and law. Afterward, they are asked to write their personal reflections and technical notes.

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment & Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

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.

Social Protection Programme: Past Activities

Social Protection Programme: Past Activities

Informal Worker

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Strengthening the Role of Informal Waste Pickers

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