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In the wake of the pandemic, developing and middle-income countries are facing increasing pressure to improve domestic resource mobilization. As many of these countries have large informal economies, increasing the tax contributions of the informal sector has become a popular policy choice. Many of...
The 2021-2022 Annual Report highlights the main achievements of WIEGO’s work and describes how WIEGO programmes support workers in informal employment. As WIEGO celebrates its 25th anniversary, it shows some global-level highlights along the way to a quarter-century and reflects on the road ahead.
Heeding the United Nations call to share transformative approaches to local action on World Cities Day, Focal Cities Coordinator Jenna Harvey talked to Shalini Sinha and Avi Majithia of WIEGO’s Focal Cities Delhi team about their work to advance a more just and inclusive “people’s plan” in Delhi’s...
COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy Policy Insights No. 9 Key findings and policy recommendations pertaining to waste pickers based on research undertaken as part of the COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy study.
The 2020-2021 Annual Report highlights the main achievements of WIEGO’s work and shows how WIEGO programmes support different sectors of informal workers. It also zooms in on WIEGO's work together with organizations of informal workers during the pandemic.
This document reflects on the work of Asiye eTafuleni, a non-profit organization operating out of inner-city Durban, South Africa. Asiye eTafuleni’s team has worked alongside informal workers for decades, whose award-winning work is founded on the belief that inclusive processes are the best way to...
Highlights from the WIEGO General Assembly 2018 in Johannesburg, a wide-ranging conversation on formalizing the informal economy in South Africa, and the latest publications and resources. in English | en Español | en Français
In this report, WIEGO highlights several ways in which the organization has made a significant impact in 2017 and 2018: from shaping the way governments classify dependent workers in their labour force statistics to arming workers’ organizations with the data needed to negotiate with municipalities...
This note considers the question of urban paradigms and street vending from a global point of view. While this research has identified multiple sources of regulation, including not only the national and local state but also capital and society, for the purpose of this brief note the author will...
Videos / Slideshows / Audio
Millions of women work long hours, in dangerous conditions, for little pay. They are fighting for change, with the help of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Watch this video to learn how.
Workers Education/Organizing Materials
This manual helps street vendors learn more about the regulations that govern public space and how to defend the right to work in public space. It describes successful actions taken by street vendor organizations. And it offers information to help you organize and negotiate with local government.
WIEGO Working Papers
Mike Rogan reviews how informal workers are taxed, why there is growing interest in taxing them, and whether they should be included in the tax net.