News on informal economy

  1. Joint ILO – IFAD event

    ILO calls for strengthened partnerships to promote decent work for youth in rural Africa

    11 April 2023

    The ILO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) gathered Governments’, workers’ and employers representatives from Africa and key stakeholders to discuss how integrated agribusiness hubs can support decent jobs for young people in the region.

  2. News

    With upgraded infrastructure and capacity, vocational training centres in Kenya are creating better job prospects for youth

    04 April 2023

    With the support of ILO PROSPECTS, vocational training centres are being equipped with the latest machinery and infrastructure facilities, while staff are being trained to deliver industry-relevant competency-based curricula. These investments will reduce the skills gap and improve employability of host and refugee community youth in the region.

  3. Informal economy

    Employment, informality and social protection in the Solomon Islands

    23 March 2023

    Solomon Islands’ first National Employment Policy is currently under development.

  4. News

    4th UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights

    13 March 2023

    The ILO co-organised the 4th UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights (Kathmandu, Nepal, 20-22 March 2023).

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    ILOSTAT blog

    The current state of the global labour market: Implications for achieving the Global Goals

    13 March 2023

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. But with the COVID-19 pandemic upending the global labour market in recent years, progress towards achieving these goals has been disrupted. From rising unemployment and informal work to slowing productivity growth and persistent gender inequalities, the pandemic has highlighted the need for urgent action to build a more resilient and equitable world of work.

  6. ILO and Viet Nam collaboration

    ILO Director-General meets Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister

    02 March 2023

    The ILO Director-General and the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister held talks about cooperation on key work issues, including decent work, social protection, and the transition from the informal economy to the formal economy.

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    Director-General's mission to Côte d'Ivoire

    ILO Director-General welcomes Côte d'Ivoire's action on social protection

    27 February 2023

    During his visit to Abidjan, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, stressed the need to promote decent work in the cocoa sector.

  8. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Interview with Akkanut Wantanasombut – founder of community-based social and solidarity economy platform

    23 February 2023

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths in the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Akkanut Wantanasombut, researcher at the Institute of Asia Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and founder of “Tamsang-Tamsong”, a community-based social and solidarity economy platform.

  9. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    StreetNet International: Organizing street vendors towards formalization and economic empowerment

    10 February 2023

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths in the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Lorraine Ndlovu, President of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), President of StreetNet International and a board member of Women in Informal Economy Globalizing Organizing (WIEGO).

  10. Labour Overview 2022 for Latin America and the Caribbean

    Informality and working poverty weigh down labour markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    07 February 2023

    Unemployment rate fell to 7.2 per cent in 2022, but job quality problems persist as inflation impacts wage levels. It is a complex and uncertain scenario, says new edition of Labour Overview report.