Publications on informal economy

  1. Publication

    Decent work and the transition to formalization: Recent trends, policy debates and good practices

    01 January 2008

  2. Publication

    Expanding women's employment opportunities: Informal economy workers and the need for childcare

    01 November 2007

    Childcare plays an essential role in supporting the employment of workers, and particularly women who continue to carry the primary responsibility for childcare in most societies. The lack of childcare support undermines women’s employment and steers women into the poorly paid, poorly protected informal economy. To address the gender dimension of informality, policy responses, programmes and projects need to recognize that providing childcare is a basic necessity for expanding women’s employment opportunities and enabling them to shift from informal economy activity to formal economic activity. The paper explores good practices on supporting the child care needs of informal workers through a series of well documented examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  3. Publication

    Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions in informal economy workplaces. Experiences of Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam

    01 October 2007

    Participatory training programmes are increasingly applied in Asia for supporting grassroots initiatives in informal economy workplaces to improve safety, health and working conditions. These participatory programmes are easy to apply and action-oriented, and focus on immediate improvement needs of informal economy workplaces. Workers in informal economy workplaces have identified and implemented practical safety and health improvements with the support from the participatory training programmes.

  4. International Migration Papers No. 90

    Migration and irregular work in Austria: Results of a Delphi-Study

    15 May 2007

  5. Publication

    Apprenticeship in the informal economy in Africa Workshop report Geneva, 3-4 May 2007

    04 May 2007

    Employment Sector - Employment Report No. 1

  6. International Migration Papers No. 89

    Towards effective temporary worker programs: Issues and challenges in industrial countries

    02 May 2007

  7. International Migration Papers No. 86

    Discrimination in employment against second-generation Swedes of immigrant origin

    25 April 2007

  8. International Migration Papers No. 85

    Discrimination in access to employment on grounds of foreign origin in France: A national survey of discrimination based on the testing methodology of the ILO.

    18 April 2007

  9. Publication

    Informal construction workers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    01 February 2007

    Working Paper 226

  10. Publication

    Helping micro and small enterprises cope with HIV/AIDS - A handbook for small business associations and service providers

    01 January 2007

    This handbook attempts to respond to the needs and constraints of small and micro enterprises, formal or informal, by providing practical guidance for those who regulate, advise and support them. The objectives of the handbook are to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on micro and small enterprise owners, managers and workers and to offer policy and technical guidance to the individuals and institutions that provide support and services to small businesses.