News on informal economy

  1. Blog

    Step By Step to Formalization

    14 December 2018

    Four out of five enterprises in the world are informal. That means they are not covered or insufficiently covered by any laws or other formal arrangements.

  2. News

    Uses of cooperatives and other SSE organizations reflected at the 2018 edition of the ITC-ILO Academy on the transition to the formal economy

    29 November 2018

  3. News

    ILO’s participation in the WIEGO General Assembly

    29 November 2018

    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.

  4. News

    ILO Academy on the transition to the formal economy: Third edition

    23 November 2018

  5. 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    Landmark ILO Conference sets standards to measure new and invisible forms of work

    19 October 2018

    International Conference of Labour Statisticians adopts unique statistical roadmap to measure progress on UN’s 2030 Agenda and help policy makers create better policies on the future of work.

  6. 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    “Making the invisible visible”

    09 October 2018

    The 20th ILO International Conference of Labour Statisticians opened in Geneva on 10 October 2018. An interview with Rafael Diez de Medina, Director of ILO Statistics, about some of the key issues on the agenda.

  7. News

    ILO’s message for the “Sowing the Seeds: Platform Cooperativism for Asia” Conference in Hong Kong

    28 September 2018

    ILO has sent a video message to the first conference seeking to explore ways in which cooperatives can join the digital economy in Asia.

  8. Article

    Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Hearings on Labour Market and Youth Employment

    28 September 2018

    On 28 September the Kazakhstan’s Parliament held hearings, titled “Problems and prospects of development of the employment sphere,” on 28th September. The participants discussed the current state of the labour market, employment, and formalization of self-employed population in Kazakhstan as well as methods to further develop employment of the country in the current context.

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    Digital tools: An opportunity for Africa’s informal sector

    30 August 2018

    Digital technologies are not just for developed economies. They can also be useful in the informal economy, especially in Africa.

  10. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Cooperative of Associated Work Planeta Verde: Improving living conditions of waste pickers in Colombia

    23 August 2018

    "Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators" is a series of interviews with cooperators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work with cooperatives. On this occasion, ILO interviewed Martha Elena Iglesias, a waste picker and the leader of Cooperative of Associated Work Planeta Verde in Colombia.