Budgeting and the Informal Economy in Accra, Ghana

Debbie Budlender
  • Subtitle: WIEGO Budget Brief No. 5

About 86 per cent of Ghanaian workers work in the informal economy but together they earn only 40 per cent of national income. This is because many informal jobs are low paid and there is little job security.

Budgeting and the Informal Economy in Accra, Ghana

This brief looks at whether and how the budget of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly provides for informal economy workers and in particular for traders. It presents information sourced from official documents, other research, interviews with AMA officials, and focus groups discussion and interviews with traders and their leaders in many of the city’s markets.



This brief is part of the WIEGO Publication Series.

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Informal Economy Topic
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