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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.

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), a project under Inclusive Cities and led by WIEGO, was conducted in 2012 in 10 cities to explore how informal livelihoods are changing, how informal workers respond, and what institutions help or hinder their lives.

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.

Durban Legal Victory

Introduction: 

John Makwicana, a vendor in Warwick Junction in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa, took the municipality to court, claiming the law that allowed the confiscation of his goods was unconstitutional. He won a legal victory for street traders in South Africa. John died on March 7, 2018, but his legacy will live on. This videos captures a last interview with him. The rest of the story is detailed below.

Story of a Legal Victory

Since 2008, WIEGO has worked closely with Asiye eTafuleni ("a seat at the table" in Zulu) in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa. Founded by two former city employees who had worked together with informal workers in the Warwick Junction precinct of the city, the NGO provides design, legal and other support to street vendors, market traders, barrow operators, waste pickers and garment producers in Warwick Junction.

Waste Wise

Waste is Everyone’s Business!

Recyclers at workRecycling is one of the cheapest, fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Working in Warwick: Including Street Traders in Urban Plans

Working in Warwick: Including street traders in urban plans

Working in Warwick Book Cover

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

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.