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“World Class Cities” and the Urban Informal Economy Colloquium

In April 2006, WIEGO co-organized an urban policies colloquium, “‘World Class Cities’ and the Urban Informal Economy: Inclusive Planning for the Working Poor,” with StreetNet International and the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Fact Sheets on the Cooperative Sector

These two-page fact sheets provide an overview of the work of organizations and cooperatives in the informal economy, and of WIEGO's work with cooperatives. WIEGO and these organizations recently participated in the ICA Expo 2012 -- read more.

Statistics Meetings on the Informal Economy

International Expert Group on Informal Sector Statistics,
"The Delhi Group"

Delhi Group on Informal Sector Statistics - Brief History and Purpose
All meeting reports

Measuring Informal Employment in Developed Countries

Harvard University
Cambridge MA, USA
October 31-November 1, 2008

Closing the Gender Data Gap

On July 19, 2012, the US State Department and Gallup co-organized a conference in Washington, DC on “Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap”.

WIEGO Turns 15 - Greetings Received from Members


On the occasion of WIEGO's 15th anniversary in April 2012, the following messages were received from our members, new and long-standing. We are delighted to have such inspiring partners the world over.

Dear friends,
We all are celebrating together this great mark of 15 years of blessed work that WIEGO family has developed all over the world to empower poorest population.
It’s an honor for us to take part of this group.

Congrats for all,

Eduardo Marinho
UFBA/ISC - Brazil

A Common Vision for WIEGO’s Work with Waste Pickers

At the global and local level, and across all regions, WIEGO’s work with waste pickers pursues a common vision:

The WIEGO Network Overarching Concerns

WHAT is WIEGO Concerned About?

Informal Employment & Povertyselling woven bowls

#1  Employment – or, more precisely, “decent work” – is a key pathway to poverty reduction. Yet most discussions on poverty reduction overlook the important role of employment.

The Informal Economy in Ghana: A Comparative Perspective

Conference co-hosted by Ghana Statistical Service & WIEGO, October 2005 in Accra, Ghana

The term “informal sector” was coined in Ghana in 1971 by a British anthropologist who was studying the economic activities of low-income communities in Accra. The informal economy, as it is now called and defined, is comprised of self-employment in small unregistered enterprises and wage employment in unregulated and unprotected jobs. In developing countries, informal employment comprises one half to three quarters of non-agricultural employment.

WIEGO Worldwide

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Statistics Advisory Committee

Joann Vanek
Statistics Programme Director (USA)

Grace Bediako
Ghana Statistical Service (Ghana)

Debbie Budlender
Community Agency for Social Enquiry (South Africa)

Françoise Carré
Center for Social Policy
University of Massachusetts-Boston (USA)

Jacques Charmes
Institute de Researche pour le Developpement (France)

Martha Chen

Margarita Guerrero
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Thailand)