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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Transport Workers

Research unveiled at World Urban Forum challenges myths about the informal economy, and shows that urban informal workers play vital roles in the urban economy and help keep their households out of extreme poverty. The findings also indicate that city policies and practices tend to undermine informal livelihoods.

The researchers conclude that informal workers, who make up the majority of the urban workforce in most regions, could make greater contributions if local policies and practices supported, rather than hindered, their work.
The findings are from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), which examined the realities faced by informal workers in 10 cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America. IEMS is a collaboration between Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), which led the study, and WIEGO's partners in the Inclusive Cities project.



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By Horn, Pat.

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By Jha, Ajay.

On the eve of International Day for Women Indian Cooperative wishes to pay tributes to those who have contributed to the participation of women in the cooperative movement.

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By Baruah, Amit.

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India Sewa founder Ela Bhatt pays tribute to Anasuya Sarabhai Daily News and Analysis (DNA) . (28 July 2013)
By Gupta, Gargi.

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By Singh, Ayesha.

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India EU, Guardian, Indian NGO win FAO awards Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) . (12 June 2013)

The UN agency said in a statement on Tuesday that the EU shares its award with Indian NGO Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), honoured for its innovative and dedicated efforts to lift extremely poor women out of poverty and hunger.