In addition to the policy dialogues organized under our core programmes and focal cities initiatives, WIEGO organizes other policies dialogues.
A policy dialogue involves people from different interest groups sitting together to focus on an issue in which they have a mutual, but not necessarily common, interest. It assumes that people in different positions and circumstances will have different perspectives on the same problem and that they may have access to different information and ideas about the issue.
It serves to bridge the gaps in understanding by facilitating dialogue, and to achieve mutually-beneficial results.
Examples of Policy Dialogues
Formalizing the Informal Economy? – 2013: WIEGO hosted this event in Montevideo, Uruguay, which saw government officials and trade unionists talk with informal worker leaders.
European Development Days Conference Panel – 2012: The European Commission and WIEGO co-hosted a panel on “The Perspective of the Working Poor in the Informal Economy” at the European Development Days conference in Brussels. Academics, practitioners and policymakers discussed what policies are needed to create inclusive growth for the working poor in the informal economy.
Accra, Ghana – 2011: Hosts: Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), WIEGO and the Institute for Local Government Studies (ILGS) Policy Dialogue; Attendees: representatives of informal worker organizations, trade unions and others with an interest in the informal economy in Ghana; officials from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.
New Delhi, India – 2008: National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector, organized with and hosted by the National Council of Applied Economics Research.
Pretoria, South Africa – 2007: The Second Economy: Linkages between the Formal and Informal Economies, co-organized with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa.