ILO What Works Research Brief No. 14

Expanding Access To Unemployment Benefits And Active Support To Cover Informal Workers

Combining income support with active labour market policies (ALMPs) is a viable strategy for helping unemployed people while they look for work. However, access to such programmes in developing and emerging countries (where they exist) tends to be restricted to formal sector workers. New evidence from the Mauritian unemployment benefit scheme demonstrates the value of expanding access to cover informal workers as well.