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WIEGO Manifesto

Support Informal Workers, Reduce Poverty

Employment – or more precisely “decent work” – is crucial to reducing poverty.

1. Most of the world’s poor – especially in developing countries – are working. Most informal workers are poor; most working poor are engaged in the informal economy.

2. The working poor cannot work their way out of poverty because the vast majority earn their living in the informal economy where average earnings are low and costs and risks are high.

WIEGO Niche: Why WIEGO is Unique

WIEGO is distinct from other global research or advocacy organizations. 


Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.

Examples of Good Practice

Over the course of 20 years working with and learning from membership-based organizations of informal workers representing diverse sectors in a range of different countries, we have built up an archive of examples of good and promising practice. The examples below represent both efforts that WIEGO supports, and efforts that we learned about through our MBO network. 

WIEGO Board of Directors

Current and Past Board Bios


WIEGO Working Paper Series

The WIEGO Working Paper Series features research that makes either an empirical or theoretical contribution to existing knowledge about the informal economy. Particular attention is paid to policy-relevant research. This series includes statistical profiles of informal employment and critical analysis of data collection and classification methods. Methodological issues and innovations, as well as suggestions for future research, are considered.

All WIEGO Working Papers are peer reviewed by the WIEGO Research Team and/or external experts.


See all biographies of current and past Board of Directors

The WIEGO Board of Directors is comprised of:

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

Focal Cities Mexico City

Domestic workers at a workshop in Mexico City

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Social protection

Informal is normal. Informal employment accounts for the majority (61%) of employment worldwide (as high as 89 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 88 per cent in southern Asia).