Informal economy resources

November 2009

  1. A3-52098: Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Informal Economy Inter-Regional Workshop for Trade Unions from Asia and Africa

    The Workshop A3-52098 on “Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Informal Economy” will seek to: a) Strengthen unions’ capacities for promoting a Decent Work development paradigm that reduces poverty and deals with the informal economy; b) Evaluate PRSs and formulate trade union policies to reduce poverty; c) Promote understanding of ILO’s International Labour Standards, the Global Jobs Pact, and policies for promoting Decent Work; d) Develop trade union policies and strategies for organizing unorganised workers; e) Provide the opportunity for trade unionists from Asia and from Africa to share experiences and strategies on how they are dealing with poverty reduction and informalisation in their respective regions

  2. Domestic work is adult work

    09 November 2009

    An opinion editorial by Bill Salter, Director, ILO Subregional Office for East Asia on child domestic workers in Cambodia.

June 2009

  1. India's poorest workers get organized (SEWA)

    03 June 2009

    Hundreds of millions of women worldwide work in the so-called informal sector (e.g. a job without regular income and benefits). Many women are trapped in this sector because they lack education, skills, or have other commitments which prevent full-time or regular work. In India nine out of ten working women are in informal work – with no rights, medical insurance, contract, or guaranteed minimum consequently, they and their families remain trapped in poverty. But in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, Ella Bhatt, a woman who has earned the nickname of "the gentle revolutionary", has set up a unique organization – the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). SEWA has not only helped thousands find a way out of the poverty trap, it has given them access to financial services, and a way of making themselves heard by Government.

January 2009

  1. Social security needs assessment survey for the informal economy in the Philippines

    01 January 2009

    The development of effective policy and strategy for the extension of social security coverage to the informal economy must be based on better understanding of the target groups and assessment of their social security needs and existing services.

September 2008

  1. Administrative Note: ILO/Korea Fellowship Training on Participatory Approaches to Improve Working and Employment Conditions in the Informal Economy

    24 September 2008

  2. Informal economy

    18 September 2008

January 2007

  1. Informal economy, poverty and employment in Cambodia, Mongolia, Thailand: good practices and lessons learned: final report

    01 January 2007

    The final report of the Informal Economy, Poverty and Employment Project, funded by the UK Department for International Development.

  2. List of published reports, studies and tools produced by the Informal Economy, Poverty and Employment Project

    01 January 2007

    List of published reports, studies and tools produced by the Informal Economy, Poverty and Employment (IEPE) Project, between 2004-2006.

January 2006

  1. Decent work for women and men in the informal economy: profile and good practices in Cambodia

    01 January 2006

    An analysis of gender issues and trends in the informal economy in Cambodia. It documents differences in working conditions between men and women and offers recommendations to address the problems.

  2. Decent work in the informal economy in Cambodia: a literature review

    01 January 2006

    A review of literature on decent work in the informail economy in Cambodia.