Chen, Martha and Shalini Sinha. Home-Based Work during the COVID-19 Crisis: Pathways of Impact and Recovery in Five Cities. WIEGO Resource Document No. 28. Manchester, UK: WIEGO.
In both mid-2020 and mid-2021, WIEGO assessed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on specific groups of informal workers and their households, including home-based workers, in 11 cities around the world.
This report presents findings from the five cities where home-based workers were part of the sample: Ahmedabad, Delhi and Tiruppur, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Pleven, Bulgaria. Among the four groups in the WIEGO-led study sample, home-based workers were the most badly affected in 2020 and least able to recover by 2021 with the crisis having multiple reinforcing impacts on home-based workers and their families. This report provides evidence and insights from this study on the degree and pathways of impact of the COVID-19 crisis on home-based workers and concludes with common demands of home-based workers from the five study cities for a just and inclusive recovery.