Exposure-Dialogue Programmes

Exposure-Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) allow researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields to experience firsthand the challenges workers in informal employment face. Guests live and work alongside their hosts for a period of days. After the exposure, both guests and hosts reflect on the experience. Guests then engage in a structured dialogue on a relevant topic such as informality and labour markets or informality and law, Afterward, they are asked to write their personal reflections and technical notes.

EDP Focused on Law & Informality: 2013 - ongoing

Devi-ben EDP

Along with Namrata Bali of SEWA Academy and two human rights lawyers at Harvard University, WIEGO organized a series of EDPs on Law & Informality to engage human rights judges, legal advocates, and activists around issues of relating to informal employment, informal settlements and informal citizenship. The first, held in Ahmedabad, India in February 2013, saw judges, lawyers, and activists from Colombia, Ghana, India, Peru, and South Africa – as well as legal experts from other countries – spend two days and nights with a street vendor or waste picker host. Participants completed personal and technical reflections and held a policy dialogue with legal experts from India. Read Marty Chen's reflections

Another EDP on Law & Informality will be held in Bogota, Colombia in 2015.

Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme (2004-2011)

Exposure Dialogue Programme, Mexico

From 2004 - 2011, WIEGO co-organized a series of EDPs with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Cornell University. The aim was to bridge the perspectives of mainstream economists and ground level activists on informal employment, labour markets and policies, and poverty . The EDPs took place in Ahmedabad, India (2004 and 2008); Durban, South Africa (2007 and 2011); and Oaxaca, Mexico (2009).

A rich record of the EDP participants’ stories, experiences and shifting outlooks are captured in Bridging Perspectives: The Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme on Labour, Informal Employment and Poverty. Another tangible outcome of the Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme was a conference and volume on the role of membership-based organizations of the poor in achieving equitable growth and poverty reduction. Learn more about the conference.

Learn more about this series of Exposure-Dialogue activities and outcomes.