News on informal economy

  1. © ILO 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Young workers will be hit hard by COVID-19’s economic fallout

    15 April 2020

    The COVID-19 emergency is affecting almost everyone in the world, regardless of age, income or country. However, young people are likely to be particularly hard hit by the economic fallout of the crisis. Find out five reasons why.

  2. © Luis ACOSTA / AFP 2020

    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

    07 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

  3. © Matt Ming 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 cruelly highlights inequalities and threatens to deepen them

    30 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing inequalities – from catching the virus, to staying alive, to coping with its dramatic economic consequences. Policy responses must ensure that support reaches the workers and enterprises who need it most.

  4. Fighting undeclared work

    Information campaign of Ukrainian labour inspectors brings 123,000 workers into formal employment in one month

    25 March 2020

    Labour inspectors from the State Labour Service of Ukraine visited more than 184,000 employers in the trade, hotel and restaurant sector between 21 and 30 January, 2020, to inform them about the risks of undeclared work. The news about these visits spread very quickly and triggered the registration of 123,000 workers representing a 26% increase compared to the previous year

  5. © dronepicr 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Precarious workers pushed to the edge by COVID-19

    20 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all workers in some way. Those on precarious contracts or in non-standard employment are even harder hit, as many have no access to sick pay, unemployment insurance or other critical protections.

  6. Blog

    Can we achieve decent work for all by 2030?

    22 February 2020

    The ILO Department of Statistics has just fulfilled its SDG reporting duties for 2020. What the data show is not encouraging: at this pace, we won’t achieve decent work for all by 2030​.

  7. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Brightly® – Scaling up worker cooperatives through the franchise model

    19 December 2019

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, the ILO interviewed Ms. Maru Bautista, Director of the Cooperative Development Programme at the Center for Family Life, on Brightly®, the first worker cooperative franchise in the United States.

  8. News

    Indian women co-operators are being trained to roll out Think.Coop

    17 December 2019

    The Indian Academy of Self-Employed Women (IASEW) conducted a training of facilitators on the ILO’s Think.Coop training tool, with a view to further strengthening women cooperative entrepreneurs in the rural and informal economy in India.

  9. News

    HIV self-testing at workplaces in Zimbabwe

    29 November 2019

    The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) of Zimbabwe, together with ILO, UNITAID, Populations Services International (PSI) and the National Aids Council (NAC), have implemented a HIV Self Testing (HIV/ST) initiative in ten companies. The companies cover the mining, power, beverages and cement industries, and have a total workforce of over 47,000 people. All companies were already engaged in ILO’s VCT@WORK Initiative.

  10. News

    Reaching Men under the National Test and Treat campaign in Tanzania

    27 November 2019

    Only 45 per cent of men living with HIV know their HIV status in Tanzania, as against 56 per cent of women living with HIV. The Prime Minister, involving all stakeholders, launched a national HIV Test and Treat campaign on 19 June 2018. Coming together as one UN, the ILO expanded its ongoing VCT@WORK Initiative in collaboration with its partners - the Ministry of labour, Association of Tanzanian Employers and Trade Union Congress of Tanzania.