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Ghana Health Policy Dialogue

Impact: Marginalized Workers Gain Healthcare Access

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kayayei

A Health Policy Dialogue held in Accra, Ghana on July 26, 2012 resulted in over 1,000 head porters, known as kayayei in Ghana, gain access to health care services through the Ghanaian National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). 

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.

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.

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: