ILO’s participation in the WIEGO General Assembly

ILO COOP participated in the seventh General Assembly of Women in Informal Economy: Globalizing Organizing (WIEGO) that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 12-14 November 2018.

News | 29 November 2018
Formed in 1997, WIEGO is a membership-based organization with members from three constituencies: individual researchers, individual development practitioners, and organizations of informal workers.

WIEGO has played a role in building and facilitating the networks of four informal workers’ groups, namely waste pickers, street vendors, domestic workers and home-based workers, helping to raise funds and providing capacity-building and technical support. The General Assembly of WIEGO’s membership, held every four years, allows the membership to hear about the progress of work in the last four years and the plans for the next four years.

A session on activities of reclaimers’ organizations
Each of the core programme areas, namely: organization and representation; statistics; law and the informal economy; social protection; and urban policies presented their progress in the last four years and their plans for the next four years. The event also showcased South African and international experiences with formalization, and site visits to street vendors’ and waste-pickers’ social and solidarity economy organizations. There was also a public event to discuss the implementation of Recommendation 204 on the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy, adopted at the International Labour Conference in June 2015.

A field visit to African Reclaimers Organization site
The ILO COOP Manager, Simel Esim, participated in the GA where work with cooperatives were among the priority areas identified for the coming four years. Several joint action points were identified between ILO COOP and WIEGO programmes, including on: research, training and collaboration around ongoing initiatives with waste pickers’ and domestic workers’ cooperatives.