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Focal Cities Mexico City

Domestic workers at a workshop in Mexico City

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 for Informal Workers

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Social protection

Informal is normal. Informal employment accounts for the majority (61%) of employment worldwide (as high as 89 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 88 per cent in southern Asia).

Special Initiatives: Research

WIEGO 20th Anniversary Research Conference

In its first two decades, WIEGO has been at the forefront of developing new concepts and methods for understanding and measuring the informal economy. To mark WIEGO’s 20th Anniversary, and to identify new paths for research and thinking on the informal economy, the WIEGO Network held a research conference at Harvard University in the USA in November 2018.

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Strengthening the Role of Informal Waste Pickers

Waste Integration in South Africa Header 1Photo credit: Jonathan Torgovnik_Getty Images Reportage

WIEGO: Born in Bellagio, 1997

WIEGO: Born in Bellagio, 1997

Ten founders of WIEGO in Bellagio

In mid-April 1997, 10 specialists on the informal economy – a mix of practitioners, scholars, statisticians, and policymakers – met to plan a collaborative project in support of women workers and entrepreneurs in the informal economy.

The group consisted of:

Job Posting: Urban Policies Programme Director

Join WIEGO as our Urban Policies Programme Director 

WIEGO is seeking an Urban Policies Programme Director. As an integral member of the WIEGO Programme Team, the Urban Policies Programme Director will work collaboratively with other WIEGO Team Members, including the WIEGO Research Team, as well as partners (especially membership-based organizations of informal workers) and consultants. 

WIEGO Internal Strategic Review 2017

Participants of the strategic planning retreat in Bellagio

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