Legal Publications and Resources

Publications

WIEGO Working Papers: Legal Briefs

 Working papers provide further empirical and theoretical information on the informal economy, with an emphasis on the information that will help to inform more effective policy development.

Legal and Policy Tools to Meet Informal Workers Demands: Lessons from India

Using International Law and Regional Legal Systems and Rights Documents in Advocacy for Workers in the Informal Economy

A Experiência de Advocacy no caso dos Trabalhadores Ambulantes em São Paulo

Using International Law and Regional Legal Systems and Rights Documents in Advocacy for Workers in the Informal Economy

Case Studies

Domestic Workers’ Laws and Legal Issues in India

Home-Based Workers in India: Need for Protection under Law

Report on SEWA: Law and Informality Project

Street Vendors’ Laws and Legal Issues in India

Domestic Workers’ Laws and Legal Issues in South Africa

Towards Inclusion of South African Domestic Workers Under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act

Johannesburg Street Traders Halt Operation Clean Sweep

Street Vendors’ Laws and Legal Issues in South Africa

Street Vending in Bangkok: Legal and Policy Frameworks, Livelihood Challenges and Collective Responses

Case Study: Mrs Malee Ratana (Shoemaking)

Case Study: Mrs Manee Choei-chom (hired to shell sugar-palm fruits)

Case Study: Mrs Fatimah Yiha (Hijab Embroidery)

Case Study: Mrs Malee Thamdee (anchovy gutting and cleaning)

Case Study: Mrs Chaweewan Boonmee (Sewing Work)

Case Study: Mr Phas Ngarn-dee (Shoemaking)

Case Study: Mrs Walya Pa-tha (Dressmaking)

Case Study: Mrs Buala Kaen-kwang (Gem Cutting)

Case Study: Mrs Maew Asa (Clothes Sewing)

Case Study: Mrs Wimala Saeng-kaew (organza embroidery)

Worker Resources

Worker Education Materials 

View materials that empower workers to know and to use the law and to advocate for legal change.

Domestic Workers South Africa Manual

Street Vendors South Africa Manual

Domestic Workers Thailand Manual (only in Thai)

Domestic Workers Thailand Manual 2 (only in Thai) 

Home-based Workers Thailand Manual (only in Thai) 

Posters and Pamphlets 

View materials that educate workers and the public about the need for laws that promote the informal economy and protect informal workers. 

Ghana Domestic Worker Campaign Poster

Ghana Street Vendors Poster

South Africa Domestic Worker Poster - "Your Rights as a Domestic Worker"

South Africa Domestic Worker Poster - "How the Law Can Help You"

South Africa Street Vendor Pamphlet - "Know Your Rights"

Law Newsletters

The Law Programme produces a newsletter twice a year, outlining highlights, events and relevant news. 

Law newsletter 1 - March 2017

Law newsletter 2 - August 2017

Blog posts

Members of the Law Programme periodically write posts on the WIEGO blog, relating to recent legal developments, challenges and more. 

Winning Legal Rights for Home-Based Workers in Thailand

Other resources

Connect with other organizations, websites and databases whose work touches on law and the informal economy:

WIEGO Organization and Representation Database (WORD): Database of membership-based organizations of informal workers.

Global Alliance of Waste Pickers: The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.