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Core Programmes

Core Programmes

For each of its programme areas, WIEGO commissions issues papers to identify programme, research and policy priorities. It then convenes workshops of grassroots, research and policy actors. Collaborating institutions and individuals undertake component activities.

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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Waste Pickers in Mexico

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

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

WIEGO Team Bios

Olga AbizaidOlga Abizaid
Programme Support Officer

WIEGO Working Paper Series

The WIEGO Working Paper Series features research that makes either an empirical or theoretical contribution to existing knowledge about the informal economy. Particular attention is paid to policy-relevant research. This series includes statistical profiles of informal employment and critical analysis of data collection and classification methods. Methodological issues and innovations, as well as suggestions for future research, are considered.

All WIEGO Working Papers are peer reviewed by the WIEGO Research Team and/or external experts.

Focal Cities

Maritza Mejía Quispe is a food vendor in the street market adjacent to the old wholesale market generally known as La Parada in the local municipality of La Victoria.
Photo: Juan Arredondo/Getty Images Reportage


Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.