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International Domestic Workers’ Network

In October 2013, the IDWN transformed itself into the first global union organization in the world run by women: the International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF). Read more.
International Domestic Workers

Global Recession Impact: Personal Stories from Informal Workers

Uncertain Times

The global economic crisis that rocked the world in 2008 led to increased financial hardship for informal workers, most of whom already lived in precarious circumstances. Here is a sampling of their stories, told during  2009 and 2010. 

Policies & Programmes

 Gloria Solórzano Espinosa is a food vendor in the local municipality of Los Olivos in Lima, PeruPhoto by Juan Arredondo/Getty Images Reportage

Law and the Informal Economy October 2018

Law and the Informal Economy

October 2018

Statistical Picture

Statistics on the size, composition, contribution, and other dimensions of the informal economy are needed to inform economic and social policies. Until recently only limited data have been available on informal employment and the informal economy.

Keith Hart: Coiner of Term “Informal Sector”

Keith Hart: Coiner of Term “Informal Sector”

Late 1960s Study in Accra, Ghana

Public Space for All

Public space is a public good - for all city residents to access and enjoy, whether it is for leisure, transportation or earning a livelihood. However, competing uses of public space cause conflict, and often it is the most vulnerable users, informal workers, who are excluded. WIEGO believes struggles over public space should not be a zero sum game - rather, regulated public spaces offer possibilities for diverse uses to co-exist, ultimately making cities more vibrant and inclusive.