WIEGO Briefs provide user-friendly documentation for those involved in advocacy, policy and research on the informal economy.


Policy Brief

Policy Briefs offer information on policies and organizational practices that affect the informal economy. This series supports advocacy processes and disseminates better practices and ideas, contributing to a worker- and livelihood-centered approach to development.


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Laura Alfers and Chidchanok Samantrakul. 2019. Integrating Occupational Health into Public Health Provision: The Case of HomeNet Thailand. Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 18

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PUB_PB17_CastanoPablo_2018Castaño, Pablo. 2018. Laws, Legitimacy and Ongoing Struggle: Lessons from Bolivian Policies on Domestic Workers’ Rights. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 17

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PUB_PB16_YasmeenGisele_NarumolNirathron_2014Yasmeen, Gisèle and Narumol Nirathron. 2014. Vending in Public Space: The Case of Bangkok. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 16

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PUB_PB15_SinhaShalini_2013Sinha, Shalini. 2013. Housing and Urban Service Needs of Home-Based Workers: Findings from a Seven-Country Study. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 15

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PUB_PB14_ObinoFrancesco_2013Obino, Francesco. 2013. Housing Finance for Poor Working Women: Innovations of the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 14

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PUB_PB13_SinhaShalini_2013Sinha, Shalini. 2013. Supporting Women Home-Based Workers: The Approach of the Self-Employed Women's Association in India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 13

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UB_PB12_HeintzJames_ShahraRazavi_2012Heintz, James and Shahra Razavi. 2012. Social Policy and Employment: Rebuilding the Connections. WIEGO Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 12

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PUB_PB11_AlfersLaura_FrancieLund_2012Alfers, Laura and Francie Lund. 2012. Participatory Policy Making: Lessons from Thailand's Universal Coverage Scheme. WIEGO Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 11

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PUB_PB10_JainKaipana_2012Jain, Kaipana. 2012. Health Insurance in India: The Rashtriya Bima Yojana. WIEGO Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 10

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PUB_PB9_AlfersLaura_2012Alfers, Laura. 2012. The Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme: Assessing Access by Informal Workers. WIEGO Policy Brief (Social Protection) No. 9

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PUB_PB8_ChikarmanePoornima_2012Chikarmane, Poornima. 2012. Integrating Waste Pickers into Municipal Solid Waste Management in Pune, India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 8

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PUB_PB7_KumarRandhir_2012Kumar, Randhir. 2012. The Regularization of Street Vending in Bhubaneshwar, India: A Policy Model. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 7

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PUB_PB6_DiasSonia_2011Dias, Sonia. 2011. Overview of the Legal Framework for Inclusion of Informal Recyclers in Solid Waste Management in Brazil. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 6

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PUB_PB5_DiasSonia_2011Dias, Sonia. 2011. The Municipal Waste and Citizenship Forum: A Platform for Social Inclusion and Participation. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 5

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PUB_PB4_DiasSonia_2011Dias, Sonia. 2011. Integrating Informal Workers into Selective Waste Collection: The Case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 4.

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PUB_PB3_DiasSonia_2011Dias, Sonia. 2011. Recycling in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – An Overview of Inclusive Programming. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 3

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PUB_PB2_SinhaShalini_SallyRoever_2011Sinha, Shalini and Sally Roever. 2011. India’s National Policy on Urban Street Vendors. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 2

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PUB_PB1_RuslingSara_2010Rusling, Sara. 2010. Approaches to Basic Service Delivery for the Working Poor: Assessing the Impact of Mahila Housing Trust’s Parivartan Slum Upgrading Programme in Ahmedabad, India. WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 1

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Organizing Briefs

Organizing Briefs contain information on organizing strategies and practices in the informal economy. This series aims to support organizing efforts and disseminate better practices.


PUB_OB11_CastanoPablo_2018

Castaño, Pablo. 2018. The Mobilization of Bolivian Domestic Workers. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 10

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PUB_OB9_BudlenderDebbie_2013Budlender, Debbie. 2013. Informal Workers and Collective Bargaining: Five Case Studies. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 9

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 PUB_OB8_CarreFrancoise_2013Carré, Françoise. 2013. Defining and Categorizing Organizations of Informal Workers in Developing and Developed Countries. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 8

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PUB_OB7_SpoonerDave_2013Spooner, Dave. 2013. Challenges and Experiences in Organizing Home-Based Workers in Bulgaria. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 7

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PUB_OB6_AllenCharlotte_ElisioJossias_2011Allen, Charlotte and Elísio Jossias. 2011. Mapping of the Policy Context and Catadores Organizations in Maputo, Mozambique. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 6

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PUB_OB5_SamsonMelanie_2010Samson, Melanie. 2010. Organizing Reclaimers in Tshwane, South Africa: Lessons from Top Down and Bottom Up Experiences. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 5

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PUB_OB4_BensonKoni_NandiVanqaMgijima_2010Benson, Koni & Nandi Vanqa-Mgijima. 2010. Organizing on the Streets: A Study of Reclaimers in the Streets of Cape Town. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 4

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PUB_OB3_TheronJan_2010Theron, Jan. 2010. Options for Organizing Waste Pickers in South Africa. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 3

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 PUB_OB2_SallyRoever_2010Roever, Sally. 2010. Organising Street Vendors: ‘Gente de Confiar’ Radio Programme, Lima, Peru. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 2

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PUB_OB1_RoeverSally_LissetteLinares_2010Roever, Sally. and Lissette A. Linares. 2010. Street Vendors Organising: The Case of the Women’s Network (Red de Mujeres), Lima, Peru. WIEGO Organizing Brief No. 1

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Statistical Briefs

Statistical Briefs 1) provide statistics on the informal economy and categories of informal workers in accessible formats at the regional, country and city levels; or 2) describe the methods for the collection, tabulation and/or analysis of statistics.


PUB_SB19_MikeRogan_2019Rogan, Mike. 2019. Informal Workers in Urban South Africa: A Statistical Snapshot. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 19

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PUB_SB18_RaveendranGovindan_2017_0.jpgRaveendran, Govindan. 2017. Women and Men Operators of Enterprises in India’s Informal Sector. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 18

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PUB_SB17_CarreFrancoise_RodrigoNegrete_JoannVanek_2017Carré, Françoise, Rodrigo Negrete and Joann Vanek. 2017. Considerations for Revision of the International Classification of Status in Employment - ICSE-93. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 17

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PUB_SB16_AliagaLinaresLissette_2017Aliaga Linares, Lissette. 2017. Statistics on Street Vendors and Market Traders in Metropolitan Lima and Urban Peru. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 16

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PUB_SB15_CarreFrancoise_RodrigoNegrete_JoannVanek_2016Carré, Françoise, Rodrigo Negrete and Joann Vanek. 2016. Relating Quality of Employment to Informal Employment. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 15

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PUB_SB14_MehranFarhad_2015Mehran, Farhad. 2015. Are Differences in National Definitions of Informal Employment and Employment in the Informal Sector Necessary?. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 14

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PUB_SB13_MehranFarhad_2014Mehran, Farhad. 2014. Measurement of Employment-Related Income: Concepts, Data Sources and a Test of Methods. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 13

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PUB_SB12_MahmudSimeen_2014Mahmud, Simeen. 2014. Home-Based Workers in Bangladesh: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 12

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PUB_SB11_RaveendranGovindan_JoannVanek_2013Raveendran, Govindan and Joann Vanek. 2013. Statistics on Home-Based Workers in Nepal. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 11

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PUB_SB10_Raveendran_Govindan_RatnaSudarshan_JoannVanek_2013Raveendran, Govindan, Ratna M. Sudarshan and Joann Vanek. 2013. Home-Based Workers in India: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 10

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PUB_SB9_AkhtarSajjad_JoannVanek_2013Akhtar, Sajjad and Joann Vanek. 2013. Home-Based Workers in Pakistan: Statistics and Trends. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 9

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PUB_SB8_VanekJoann_MarthaChen_GovindanRaveendran_2012Vanek, Joann, Martha Chen, and Govindan Raveendran. 2012. (updated May 2015). A Guide to Obtaining Data on Types of Informal Workers in Official Statistics. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 8

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PUB_SB7_BudlenderDebbie_2011Budlender, Debbie. 2011. Measuring Informal Employment in South Africa: The New Quarterly Labour Force Survey. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 7

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 PUB_SB6_BudlenderDebbie_2011Budlender, Debbie. 2011. Statistics on Informal Employment in Ghana. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 6

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PUB_SB5_BudlenderDebbie_2011Budlender, Debbie. 2011. Statistics on Informal Employment in Kenya. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 5

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PUB_SB4_BudlenderDebbie_2011Budlender, Debbie. 2011. Statistics on Informal Employment in Brazil. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 4

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PUB_SB3_BudlenderDebbie_2011Budlender, Debbie. 2011. Statistics on Informal Employment in South Africa. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 3

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PUB_SB2_DiasSonia_2011Dias, Sonia. 2011. Statistics on Waste Pickers in Brazil. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 2

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PUB_SB1_TokmanVictor_2010Tokman, Victor. 2010. Statistics on Domestic Workers in Latin America. WIEGO Statistical Brief No. 1

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Technical Briefs

Technical Briefs provide guides for both specialized and non-specialized audiences. These are designed to strengthen understanding and analysis of the situation of those working in the informal economy as well as of the policy environment and policy options.


PUB_TB11_IJosseJeroen_2018IJosse, Jeroen. 2018. Waste Incineration and Informal Livelihoods: A Technical Guide on Waste-to-Energy Initiatives. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 11

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PUB_TB10_KohnLauren_2017Kohn, Lauren. 2017. Using Administrative Law to Secure Informal Livelihoods: Lessons from South Africa. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 10

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PUB_TB9_ParraFederico_2015Parra, Federico. 2015. “Reciclaje: ¡Sí, pero con recicladores!”. Gestión pública del aprovechamiento con inclusión de recicladores: Un nuevo paradigma en el manejo de los residuos en Bogotá, Colombia. Nota técnica de WIEGO No. 9

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PUB_TB8_NohnMatthias_BijalBrahmBhatt_2014jpgNohn, Matthias and Bijal Brahm Bhatt. 2014. How to Assess Security of Tenure and Emulate Mortgages for Financing Semi-Formal Homes: Lessons from Mahila Housing SEWA Trust. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 8

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 PUB_TB7_AchtellErnest_2013Achtell, Ernest. 2013. Waste Pickers and Carbon Finance: Issues to Consider. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 7

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PUB_TB6_IJgosseJeroen_2012IJgosse, Jeroen. 2012. Paying Waste Pickers for Environmental Services: A Critical Examination of Options Proposed in Brazil. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No. 6

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PUB_TB5_RobbinsGlen_2012Robbins, Glen. 2012. Major International Events and the Working Poor: Selected Lessons for Social Actors Stemming from the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No. 5

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PUB_TB4_ChanManKwun_2012Chan, Man-Kwun. 2012. Making Agricultural Value Chain Programmes Work for Workers:  A Practical Guide for Development Donors and Practitioners. WIEGO Technical Brief (Global Trade) No. 4

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PUB_TB3_NohnMatthias_2011Nohn, Matthias. 2011. Mixed-Use Zoning and Home-Based Production in India. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No. 3

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 PUB_TB2_RoeverSally_2011Roever, Sally. 2011. How to Plan a Street Trader Census. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No. 2

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PUB_TB1_BudlenderDebbie_2009Budlender, Debbie. 2009. How to Analyse Government Budgets from an Informal Economy Perspective. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 1

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Budget Briefs

Budget Briefs are popular versions of longer informal economy budget analyses (IEBA). Budget analysis aims to understand how government budgets address the needs and interests of informal workers, and also investigate what opportunities exist for informal workers, or their representatives, to participate at different stages of the budget process.


PUB_BB7_BudlenderDebbie_2017Budlender, Debbie. 2017. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Greater Monrovia. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 7

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PUB_BB6_BudlenderDebbie_2015Budlender, Debbie. 2015. Budgeting and the Informal Economy in Durban, South Africa. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 6


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PUB_BB5_BudlenderDebbie_2015Budlender, Debbie. 2015. Budgeting and the Informal Economy in Accra, Ghana. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 5


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 PUB_BB4_BudlenderDebbie_2009Budlender, Debbie. 2009. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Brazil and Belo Horizonte. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 4


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PUB_BB3_BudlenderDebbie_2009Budlender, Debbie. 2009. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Pakistan and Ravi Town, Lahore. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 3


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PUB_BB2_BudlenderDebbie_2009Budlender, Debbie. 2009. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Peru and Metropolitan Lima. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 2

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PUB_BB1_BudlenderDebbie_2009Budlender, Debbie. 2009. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Philippines and Quezon City. WIEGO Budget Brief No. 1

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Legal Briefs

These briefs examine how laws can be used by informal workers and their organizations to improve livelihoods. Some Legal Briefs analyze international instruments that can be used for national advocacy or to hold states and corporations accountable at the global level. Others describe laws that  recognize informal workers' rights and precedent-setting cases that have extended entitlements to informal workers, and the associated political struggles.


PUB_LB3_BrunoMiragaiaSouza_JulianaAvanci_LucianaItikawa_2013Bruno Miragaia Souza, Juliana Avanci, Luciana Itikawa. 2013. A Experiência de Advocacy no caso dos Trabalhadores Ambulantes em São Paulo. WIEGO Relatórios Jurídicos No. 3

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PUB_LB2_CorrarinoMegan_2012Corrarino, Megan. 2012. Using the Right to Information in the Informal Economy: A How-To Guide. WIEGO Legal Brief No. 2

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PUB_LB1_SankaranKamala_RoopaMadhav_2013Sankaran, Kamala and Roopa Madhav. 2013. Legal and Policy Tools to Meet Informal Workers' Demands: Lessons from India. WIEGO Legal Brief No. 1

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