Informal workers recognize the need to unite into larger organizations to increase their visibility, voice and power. Organizing gives the poorest segments of the working class – those working in the informal economy, and especially women – a means to be heard by decision makers who have the power to affect their lives. WIEGO has a dedicated programme that seeks to increase the Organization and Representation of informal workers.

In the WIEGO Network

At the network’s inception in 1997, WIEGO’s founders decided that the WIEGO network should build alliances with individuals and institutions from our constituencies, and should draw on expertise from around the globe as it forged partnerships and linkages. The WIEGO network consists of Individual Members and Institutional Members from three broad constituencies:

  • membership-based organizations (MBOs) of informal workers such as cooperatives, unions and associations
  • researchers and statisticians who carry out research, data collection, or data analysis on the informal economy
  • professionals from development agencies (inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental) who provide services to or shape policies towards the informal workforce

For videos of our Institutional Members activities and accomplishments, visit Informal Worker Organizations’ Videos.