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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Other Groups ; Transport Workers
India Everything is Connected The Hindu . (8 May 2016)
By Langa, Mahesh.

In her latest book "Anubandh", noted Gandhian and the force behind the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ela Bhatt, makes an appeal to build holistic and mutually beneficial communities to cater to the basic needs of daily life: food (including water), clothing, education, health, housing, education and banking.

By Mukherjee Parikh, Runa.

India’s premier B-school for strategic marketing and communication, MICA, has decided to join hands with Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers, for the capacity building of the ‘Master Trainers’ of Sewa.

Women Organising Around the World - Gallery The Guardian . (22 April 2016)

Women in informal work around the world are setting up unions and networks to create more security. NGO Wiego worked with Getty Images and the Hewlett Foundation to capture them.

India Leadership transforming vision into reality The Hans India . (21 April 2016)
By Ramesh, M Anil.

Ela Bhatt is an Indian cooperative organizer and activist who founded the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). She was influenced by the fact that thousands of women factory workers worked elsewhere to supplement the family income, but there were state laws protecting only those who were solely industrial workers and not these self-employed women.

India Study to find tech choices of women with low income The Times of India . (21 January 2016)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa) Bharat are both trying to learn how women in the informal sector evaluate and use technology.

India Management and union should work collectively: TV Narendran The Avenue Mail . (10 January 2016)

"Mitra, principal labour and employment advisor, ministry of labour and employment, government of India, said the main focus of the ministry is labour reforms and see that all rights of the labour must be respected. The Union government will issue a unique identification number for unorganised workers to ensure them best benefits of government welfare and industrial policies."

Participants in a related panel discussion included WIEGO's Home-based workers Sector Specialist, Shalini Sinha, and SEWA, Kerela, General Secretary, Sonia George.

South África Industrious migrants are an opportunity for South Africa Weekend Argus . (10 January 2016)

Mean Streets book coverMean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa, edited by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, power¬fully demonstrates that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa’s “mean streets”. This book draws attention to what they bring to their adopted country through research into previously unexamined areas of migrant entrepreneurship. Ranging from studies of how migrants have created agglomeration economies in Jeppe and Ivory Park in Johannesburg, to guanxi networks of Chinese entrepreneurs, to competition and cooperation among Somali shop owners, to cross-border informal traders, to the informal transport operators between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the chapters in this book reveal the positive economic contributions of migrants. These include generating employment, paying rents, providing cheaper goods to poor consumers, and supporting formal sector wholesalers and retailers. As well, Mean Streets highlights the xenophobic responses to migrant and refugee entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in running a successful business on the streets.  For further details see African Books Collective.

Ghana Informal sector workers unionize Citi FM Online . (11 March 2015)

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has inaugurated the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA) as its 19th affiliate. UNIWA is Ghana’s first Trade Union for Workers in the informal economy.

By Neely-Streit, Gabriel.


This ASAP Impact Story profiles Prof. Martha Chen, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 1997, Chen helped found Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), a global research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

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.