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Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers

Definition of Home-Based Workers

Statistical Definition

This  statistical definition of home-based workers was developed by the Independent Group on Home-Based Workers in India, set up in 2007 by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India.

Home-based workers are defined as a) own-account workers and contributing family workers helping the own-account workers, involved in the production of goods and services, in their homes, for the market and b) workers carrying out work in their homes for remuneration, resulting in a product or service as specified by th

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS)

IEMSThe 10-city Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) evaluates the realities that informal workers face. Qualitative and quantitative research methods together have provided an in-depth understanding of how home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers are affected by economic trends, urban policies and practices, value chain dynamics, and other economic and social forces.

Home-Based Workers Day, South Asia

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20 October, 2013 - The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration for the rights of South Asian home-based workers.

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment & Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Impact of Economic Crises on Home-Based Workers

Impact of Economic Crises on  Home-Based Workers

Findings of Two Studies by HomeNet Thailand

Two studies carried out by HomeNet Thailand, a network that helps organize informal home-based subcontracted and own account workers, underline the importance of organizing home-based workers and informal workers more generally.

Urban Informal Workers & The Green Economy

The urban poor – the majority of whom work informally – are at significant risk from the increased intensity and frequency of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves and constraints on fresh water associated with climate change.2 And as a changing climate drives more of the rural poor into cities, the urban working poor face increasing competition.

Association of Home-Based Workers, Bulgaria (AHBW)

Association of Home-Based Workers, Bulgaria (AHBW)

The Association of Home-Based Workers was registered in Bulgaria in 2002. In its work in support of Home-Based Workers, AHBW participates in a variety of organizing, advocacy and educational activities. One of AHBW’s main activities is organizing awareness events for home-based workers and others. They also do research and work on improving qualifications of unemployed people and home-based workers.

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

Policy Conference on Home-Based Workers in South Asia

Co-Organized by SEWA and UNIFEM

In January 2007, SEWA and UNIFEM hosted a South Asia regional conference entitled “Women, Work, and Poverty” to highlight the situation of home-based workers in South Asia.

Protection for Homeworkers in Thailand

Thai shoemakerHomeNet Thailand and its supportive partners, including WIEGO, played an essential role in winning legislative protection for home-based workers.