While municipalities are often encouraged to turn to waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies such as incineration, this is a problematic solution,...
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About Wiego

WIEGO is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

Informal workers need voice, visibility and validity. WIEGO creates change by building capacity among informal worker organizations, expanding the knowledge base, and influencing local, national and international policies.

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About Informal economy

The informal economy includes workers who do not have employment-based social protection and enterprises which are not incorporated or registered.

Global estimates on the size of informal employment (ILO 2018) show 61% of all workers worldwide are informally employed. 

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As COP25 gets underway, our deep dive into two years of news coverage reveals that the green army of waste pickers leading urban recycling efforts deserves greater recognition for its efforts in solving one of the most pressing problems of our times.
As world leaders and experts discuss the climate crisis at the 25th UN climate negotiations (COP25), waste pickers and WIEGO Network members have joined activists at alternate events in Santiago, Chile and Madrid, Spain.
Our India Country Director pens an oped in Scroll.in, making the case for a livelihood-centered approach to master planning. Delhi is drafting its 2041 Master Plan, and Sinha calls for a rethinking of the approach to incorporate the massive informal...