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Mega Events & the Urban Working Poor

Mega Events and the Urban Working Poor

This work aims to understand the multifaceted impact of mega events on the working poor and to publicize these findings.

Pat Horn of StreetNet addresses International Trade Union Confederation about mega events and their impact on informal workers.

Enhancing Productivity in the Urban Informal Economy

Enhancing Productivity in the Urban Informal Economy

In 2015 – 2016 the WIEGO Network participated in the Habitat III process, with the objective to make visible the contributions of urban informal workers to cities, and advocate for inclusive urban policies.

Tribute to Sharit Bowmik

Sharit Bhowmik: Scholar, Activist, Ally, Colleague and Friend

Sharit Bowmik

On September 8th, 2016, Sharit Bhowmik passed away. Sharit was a close friend, colleague and ally of WIEGO. For several years, in the early 2000s, he served as Director of WIEGO’s Urban Policies Program.

Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique (AEIMO)

Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique (AEIMO)

The Informal Economy Association of Mozambique (Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique, AEIMO) in Mozambique was founded in 1999.  As of 2012, AEIMO had more than 4200 members.  Most of AEIMO’s members are street traders, but a small percentage of the members come from other informal worker sectors.

AEIMO’s objectives are to:

World Urban Forum 6: Inclusive Cities = Sustainable and Vibrant Cities

Heliodora, a Street Vendor from New York City, was a delegate at this year's World Urban ForumWIEGO and Inclusive Cities delegates attended the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy 1-7 September 2012, to deliver an important message to urban officials and planners: including informal workers in municipal pl

Conceptual Framework for Social Protection for Informal Workers

A conceptual framework, developed in WIEGO’s early years, posed the core question that continues to drive the Social Protection Programme:

“Under what circumstances can which kind of workers in the informal economy (especially poorer working women) secure access to what core measures of provision, which can be incrementally improved upon in the future?”

Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

The Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS) was founded in 2006 by marginalized community-based organizations striving to earn a living by carrying out different projects to generate income. As of 2010, CIEAS had 12,600 members working as informal street traders; approximately 60 per cent of the members are women. CIEAS’s leadership is democratically elected.

Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal

Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal (SUDEMS)

The United and Democratic union of Fish Wholesalers of Senegal (Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal, SUDEMS) was founded in July 2000. It is a national union which is formally recognized by the government of Senegal. Members are fish vendors who vend in streets, markets, and landing sites. As of December 2013, there are over 12,600 members of SUDEMS, who work throughout all regions of Senegal. The members are responsible for the collection, distribution and sale of fresh and dry fish.

UNIFEM’s Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work & Poverty

UNIFEM (now called UN Women) asked WIEGO to write the 2005 issue of Progress of the World’s Women – UNIFEM’s biennial flagship publication– on the topic of “Women, Work, and Poverty.” Officially launched at the United Nations on September 16, 2005 to coincide with the Millennium Development Summit, the publication focuses on employment, especially informal employment, as a key pathway to reducing poverty and gender inequality.

Health Policy Dialogue, Thailand, 2012

A number of countries have introduced significant national policy reforms to extend health coverage, with one specific objective being to include informal workers. Ghana, India and Thailand are the best known. In January 2012, WIEGO and HomeNet Thailand co-hosted a Health Policy Dialogue in Bangkok, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The dialogue focused on whether and how informal workers have been included. Questions addressed were: