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Informal Economy Budget Analysis

Informal Economy Budget Analysis

Informal Economy Budget AnalysisInformal Economy Budget Analysis (IEBA) examines how government budgets address the needs and interests of different groups of informal workers.

Focal Cities Lima

A street view of street vendors on the sidelines of the old wholesale market in Lima, known as La Parada, in the local municipality of La Victoria.
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Administrative Justice Project

All over the world, people who rely on access to public space and public resources face a litany of challenges to earn their livelihoods. The challenges largely result from decisions made by local government authorities who control public space and access to waste and land.

Focal Cities

map of focal cities

The WIEGO Focal City approach intensifies activities at the city level, in support of membership-based organizations (MBOs) and their efforts to improve outcomes for urban informal workers.

ILO-WIEGO Statistical Reports

WIEGO has worked closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the development of statistics on the informal economy.

In 2018, this collaboration led to the ILO publication of the first-ever global estimates on the size of informal employment.

Global Trade: Garment Workers

WIEGO seeks to promote a better understanding of how the working poor in the informal economy are inserted into the global economy, and with what consequences; and to identify strategies to promote fair trade for informal producers who want to export their goods and ethical trade for informal wage workers or homeworkers who work in global value chains.

Because the garment sector is one of the most globalized sectors and employs large numbers of women under poor working conditions, garment workers were the first category of the global informal workforce that WIEGO focused on.

WIEGO's Work in Bangkok

Market vendors in Thailand
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Rethinking Formalization

The WIEGO Perspective

Formalization of the informal economy can take different forms: registration, taxation, organization and representation, legal frameworks, social protection, business incentives/support, and more. And formalization means different things to different categories of the informal workforce.

What is required is an approach to formalization of the informal economy that is comprehensive in design but context-specific in practice.