In March 2020, WIEGO’s board of directors met in Delhi and unanimously elected Mirai Chatterjee to be the new board chair. Outgoing WIEGO chair Renana Jhabvala was lauded at the board meeting for her long and dedicated leadership.
On March 1st, waste pickers around the globe will mark International Waste Pickers' Day. Activities on that day and through the week offer a chance to showcase the contributions of this important workforce.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a guidebook of practical tools to help policymakers, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and other stakeholders develop good policy and practices around extending social protections to informal workers and facilitating transitions to...
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.
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 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.