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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.

Worker Stories

The informal economy has many faces and takes many forms across several occupations. This selection of workers' stories illuminates the struggles and the successes of women and men across the world.

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

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

Health access for Informal Workers in:

Poverty & Growth Linkages

The relationship between informality, poverty, and growth are complex. This section of the website explores what is known about these relationships.

  Veronica Boakye trading at Kwame Nkrumah Circle Market in Accra, Ghana

History & Debates

Choral Mauladia poses near by her cart in Ahmedabad, India

Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

About the Informal Economy

Auria Cantorín owns a newsstand and is a newspaper vendor in Lima, Peru

Photo by Juan Arredondo/Getty Images Reportage

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

These countries have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention 2011 (C189) and Recommendation (No. 201):

Domestic Workers celebrate C189 Convention

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 & Gender: Rethinking Relations for Empowerment

by Deia de Brito, with Sonia Diaswoman waste picker

Little research exists about gender relations and divisions among waste pickers. A collaborative project involving waste pickers in Latin America has shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.