Progress to Date

WIEGO at 17 far exceeds the expectations of our founders in 1997. The founders met to plan a collaborative project. The project was to be implemented by a coalition of organizations and individuals drawn from member-based organizations of informal workers, research institutions, and international development agencies and governed by a steering committee comprised of the founders plus selected others (including representatives of home-based worker and street vendor organizations).

The project goals were to promote better statistics and research, stronger organizations and alliances, and supportive policies and programmes for women workers in the informal economy. The founders named the project “Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing” (or WIEGO, for short).

Many of the key features of WIEGO today were part of the original plan. But the founders did not fully anticipate that the WIEGO project would transform into a global action-research- policy network that would continue to grow and evolve over the next 15 years.

A PowerPoint summarizes the main accomplishments of WIEGO over the past 17 years, which are grouped under five main headings:

  • re-conceptualizing the informal economy
  • increasing the Visibility of the informal workforce
  • increasing the Voice of the informal workforce
  • increasing the Validity (legitimacy) of the informal workforce in policy debates
  • building and formalizing the WIEGO network

WIEGO Accomplishments - May 2014