As world leaders and experts discuss the climate crisis at the 25th UN climate negotiations (COP25), waste pickers and WIEGO Network members have joined activists at alternate events in Santiago, Chile and Madrid, Spain.
Our India Country Director pens an oped in Scroll.in, making the case for a livelihood-centered approach to master planning. Delhi is drafting its 2041 Master Plan, and Sinha calls for a rethinking of the approach to incorporate the massive informal economy. Read the full article on Scroll.in.
Marty Chen, Senior Advisor for WIEGO, was among the experts on the informal economy who spoke at the 7th IMF Statistical Forum, highlighting the importance of recognizing the official international statistical definition of informal employment and that it distinguishes between the informal economy...
WIEGO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have launched a joint initiative to work with waste pickers at Mbeubeuss, the largest open air landfill in West Africa, to help these workers organize into a strong cooperative. This is a crucial step toward improving their working conditions.
The WIEGO Statistics Programme is featured in a recently published book by Alnoor Ebrahim. Ebrahim examines an "emergent strategy" in global policy advocacy work, where the relationship between cause and effect is complex. The Statistics Programme's influence is used to illustrate this strategy.
WIEGO is part of a new initiative, coordinated by UN-Habitat, that aims to step-up climate action for the most vulnerable, helping 150 million urban poor adapt to climate change in informal settlements. Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor was presented at the Climate Action Summit on...
When the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced the first-ever Ross Prize for Cities in April 2019, two champions of informal workers—both partners of WIEGO—were among the top five finalists for the prize. Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), a trade union of waste pickers based in Pune...
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.
This brief provides waste picker organizations, policymakers and practitioners with information about waste-to-energy initiatives, and solid waste management models that are true to an inclusive, circular economy while being suited for local contexts and offering livelihood protection.
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.