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A methodology and calculator tool enabling the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions that waste picker groups prevent. The tool, which was developed...
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About Wiego

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on empowering the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy to secure their livelihoods. We believe that all workers should have equal economic opportunities, rights, protection and voice. WIEGO promotes change by improving statistics and expanding knowledge on the informal economy, building networks and capacity among informal worker organizations and, jointly with the networks and organizations, influencing local, national and international policies.

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About the 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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For its flagship GOLD Report, UCLG asked WIEGO for its expertise on the urban informal economy, with a focus on an agenda for action for local authorities, and has released our case-based contributions.
In this blog, we highlight statistics that make visible the size and significance of the domestic worker sector. Data from 155 countries and territories were used to examine domestic work worldwide and the findings are published in a new Statistical...
The African Union recently adopted a Protocol on Social Protection, which is significant because it means that the African Union now has a single binding instrument that addresses a broad range of social-protection issues.