News on informal economy

  1. News

    Increased Access to Social Protection and HIV Services through Scaled up Workplace Programmes in Identified Sectors in Nigeria

    27 November 2019

    Through the VCT@Work Initiative the ILO contributes to the National testing targets which amongst others seeks to test 80 million Nigerians by 2020.

  2. News

    VCT@WORK in Ukraine’s Maritime Sector

    27 November 2019

    According to estimates, 30 per cent of people living with HIV in Ukraine don’t know their HIV positive status. HIV testing is free and available in AIDS centres, and in many primary medical healthcare centres, as a result of the current health care reform.

  3. News

    Enhancing Access to HIV Testing and social protection in Kenya

    27 November 2019

    The ILO is prioritising both the scaling up of HIV-sensitive Social Protection and the VCT@WORK Initiative in Kenya and the strategy has been to build synergies between the two priorities. An innovative approach towards enhancing access to HIV testing in the informal economy and facilitating access to national social protection schemes has been adopted.

  4. Press release

    China expands its support to South-South Triangular Cooperation in ASEAN countries

    22 November 2019

  5. © Sharada Prasad CS 2020

    World Toilet Day

    New report highlights dire working conditions of sanitation workers in some developing countries

    14 November 2019

    Countless sanitation workers in the developing world work in conditions that endanger their lives and health, and violate their dignity and rights.

  6. InfoStories

    The power of small: Unlocking the potential of SMEs

    21 October 2019

    Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises are responsible for more than two thirds of all jobs worldwide. Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting SMEs to reach their full potential and securing a better future of work for everyone.

  7. © ILO 2020

    Employment creation

    Small businesses and self-employed provide most jobs worldwide and in Asia

    11 October 2019

    A new ILO study reveals that almost seven in 10 workers worldwide are self-employed or in small businesses. Self-employed and micro-enterprises account for more than 80 per cent of employment in South Asia. By contrast, medium-sized and large enterprises account for 46 per cent of employment in East Asia and the Pacific.

  8. © ILO 2020

    Employment creation

    Small businesses and self-employed provide most jobs worldwide, new ILO report says

    10 October 2019

    A ground-breaking study reveals that seven in 10 workers are self-employed or in small businesses, a finding that has significant implications for employment and enterprise support policies world-wide.

  9. © Gianfranco Fiorini / ILO 2020


    Lima’s Gamarra market: The benefits of moving to the formal economy

    09 October 2019

    Combating informality is key to governments’ efforts to reduce inequality and social exclusion. This is particularly true in Peru where many employees work in informal conditions.

  10. Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Debate on regulating digital labour platforms is crucial

    02 September 2019

    The ILO Director-General highlighted the need for policies to deal with the challenges of web-based labour platforms. Some form of regulation is needed, Guy Ryder said at the meeting of G20 Labour and Employment Ministers in Matsuyama, Japan.