Formalization of the economy is a complex and long term process that often requires to combine interventions on laws and regulations with those aiming to foster productivity and the ability to generate wealth. For part of the workforce, the reduction of decent work deficits is the first step toward a progressive formalization in the longer term. The significant reduction of informality in some countries illustrates that achieving results is largely possible.
International Labour Standard
At its 104th Session (2015), the ILC adopted R204, based on strong tripartite consensus and near unanimous vote, following a two-year process of consultations.
Theory of change
This umbrella theory of change provides the main pathways for the transition to formality of workers and enterprises. It is a general framework that can inform the development of theories of change focused on a specific sector, occupational groups, forms of informality or policy areas.
4th Employment Policy Research Symposium, 15-16 November 2021
15 - 16 November 2021
COVID-19 and the World of Work
Tongan Minister of Trade and Economic Development Q&A feature for the Sept/Oct 2021 edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter
21 October 2021
ILO Working paper 41
Supporting decent work and the transition towards formalization through technology-enhanced labour inspection
21 October 2021
Statistics on informality
Browse through various indicators & countries (please use Chrome or Mozilla browsers).
This publication provides for the 1st time comparable estimates on the size of the informal economy & a statistical profile of informality in all its diversity at the global and regional levels.
Courses and trainings
Policy resource package
How to develop viable policy options to address the multi-fold challenges of facilitating transitions to formality.
Courses designed to increase capacity of constituents to effectively collect data & to design, implement, monitor, evaluate formalization policies and strategies.