Informal economy resources

July 2021

  1. Feeding the future of Tonga

    24 July 2021

    Through the Informal Economies Recovery Project, IFAD is supporting a range of agricultural development activities across Tonga, including supporting the investment in seedlings for homestead gardens to improve food security.

  2. ABS-CBN News: New Delta variant threatens recovery of small, medium firms: ILO

    23 July 2021

  3. Japan, ILO earmark $2.2-M to restart small Philippine firms hit by pandemic

    23 July 2021

    ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Market Edge in a live interview with ILO Enterprise Development Specialist Hideki Kagohashi talked about a recently launched ILO and Japan project to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    22 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  5. Cainton Milroy – One Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur’s Mission to Digitalize Vanuatu

    22 July 2021

    This month we sat down with Informal Economies Recovery Project partner, Cainton Milroy – an ambitious young software engineer, entrepreneur and self-confessed coffee addict from Vanuatu. He spoke to us about his role in organizing Vanuatu’s first ever e-commerce symposium; why digitalization is the future of small business success, and what his hopes are for his country – the most disaster-prone nation on the planet. Interviewer: Sanya Ruggiero

  6. 19 local business trainers in Fiji introduced to ILO’s Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) tools

    22 July 2021

    In an effort to strengthen Business Development Services (BDS) in Fiji, the ILO organised and delivered a Training of Facilitators (ToF) on 1st June 2021.

  7. Diary of a Project Coordinator: Katrina Ma'u Fatiaki’s Observations from the COVID-Free Kingdom of Tonga

    22 July 2021

    Katrina has put down some of her interesting observations in the form of a diary entry, to give us a snapshot of what the Informal Economies Recovery Project is doing on the ground in Tonga, and what life is looking like at the moment, as COVID remains safely locked out of the Island Kingdom

  8. Informal sector workers in Vanuatu to have a voice

    22 July 2021

    An initiative led by the Vanuatu Association of Public Employees Trade Union (VAPSE) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU), aims to formalise existing informal sector associations, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors, on Santo and the Northern Provinces of Vanuatu.

  9. ILO statement for the July edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    22 July 2021

    Director ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, Mr. Matin Karimli

  10. Business World: Japan, ILO launch program to help MSMEs digitize

    16 July 2021