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Focal Cities Accra

Market vendors in Accra, Ghana
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Informal Economy Themes

Most of WIEGO's work is organized under these thematic areas. Each is essential to securing informal livelihoods, and there are multiple ways in which these themes intersect.

Inclusive Cities

Cities that recognize informal workers and involve them in every aspect of planning can create cleaner, greener, more socially responsive and more vibrant cities.

Sindicato de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos (SINTRALOC)

Sindicato de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos (SINTRALOC)

The National Union of Independent Itinerant Transport and Allied Workers (SINTRALOC) was founded on November 23, 1987.  Throughout its 24 years of existence, SINTRALOC has fought tirelessly for the recognition and dignity of street vendors.  In recent years, thanks to the perseverance of the union’s struggle, we have managed to get a bill passed to legally develop our work nationwide.

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE)

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE)

Labour at Informal Economy, street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers, agricultural workers

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) is a membership-based organization that represents 2,865 workers who work as street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers and agricultural workers in Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA)

Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA)

The Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) is the national umbrella organization for associations of informal workers in Zambia. It was launched in October 2002, as the result of a project on organizing in the informal economy undertaken by the Workers’ Education Association of Zambia (WEAZ) and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
 

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN)

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN)

UGSEIN is a national union that had 30,150 members as of November 2013. Members include street vendors and other informal workers. UGSEIN's objectives include: organize the economic actors of the informal economy; defend the ethical and material interests of members; negotiate agreements with the employers of the sector; struggle for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Souley Zeinabou, President of FENASEIN in Niger, speaking at International Labor Conference 2014

Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS)

Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS)

The Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) first began in 2000, and was officially registered in 2004. As of 2012, MUFIS has approximately 14550 members, who work in the following informal sectors: home-based workers, street vendors, waste pickers, construction workers, domestic workers and small-scale tea farmers.

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG)

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG)

 

The National Confederation of Trade Unions of Guinea (Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée - CNTG) was founded in June 1960. It has 20,000 members from the informal sector, including 12,000 contributing members.