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By
Shalini Sinha
India’s capital city is preparing its roadmap for the future – a new master planning document that sets out the vision for Delhi for two decades, until 2041. The major planning exercise not only maps what the city will look like but also, in theory, takes stock of the current reality. Intervening in the plan through the lens of livelihood could be a game-changer for Delhi’s future. Including the excluded will make the city more liveable for everyone. 
By
Rachel Moussié
This year’s World Day for Decent Work on October 7 calls for improved investment in the care economy, including child care. WIEGO’s Social Protection Team has been bringing attention to the particular childcare needs of women informal workers since launching the Child Care Campaign in 2017. Here, Rachel Moussié, Deputy Director for Social Protection, outlines four essential factors that need to be addressed to ensure childcare reaches the most vulnerable working women.
By
Annie Devenish, Laura Alfers
October 7 is World Day for Decent Work with a focus this year on “investing in the care economy.” Whether providing preventative health information, yoga classes or support in navigating official paperwork, community health workers spend their long days delivering invaluable benefits and care to members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). These women are part of the SEWA Social Security Team's Shakti Kendras (empowerment centres), operating across several Indian states. This article is excerpted from a Workers’ Lives essay, which offers an intimate look at those who work in the Shakti Kendras, the wide range of services they provide in a challenging policy environment, and what they gain in return.
By
Teresa Marchiori, Olga Abizaid
Les politiques ayant un impact sur la vie des travailleuses et travailleurs de l’informel sont rarement élaborées sur la base de la connaissance de première main de leurs vies et besoins. Une nouvelle initiative à Dakar, au Sénégal, vise à changer cette situation. Le Programme de contact-dialogue de WIEGO propose aux avocates, avocats et autorités municipales de vivre et travailler côte à côte avec les travailleuses et travailleurs pendant deux journées complètes. L’objectif est de repenser les cadres juridiques et politiques à partir du contact avec les réalités quotidiennes de ces travailleurs, dans un contexte où la ville et le pays subissent des changements rapides.
By
Teresa Marchiori, Olga Abizaid
Policymaking that impacts informal workers rarely comes with first-hand knowledge of their lives and needs. A new initiative in Dakar, Senegal, aims to change that. WIEGO’s Exposure Dialogue Programme gives lawyers and city officials two full days with workers — living and working alongside them — to experience their everyday realities and to use this experience to rethink legal and policy frameworks at a time when the city and the country are transforming rapidly.