This annual report captures the activities and successes of WIEGO from 1 April 2018 through 31 March 2019.
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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 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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The global waste pickers’ movement lost an important advocate, and WIEGO lost a friend, when Exequiel Estay passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a guidebook of practical tools to help policymakers, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and other stakeholders develop good policy and practices around extending social protections to...


The world is rapidly transforming and one of the biggest trends right now is the new world of work. But forget all the talk about a future of automation and robots. We’ve already reached a tipping point: 61 per cent of the world’s workforce is now...