POLICY AND PLANNING

This brief looks at whether and how the budget of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) provides for informal economy workers and, in particular, for traders. In Greater Accra (the region in which Accra Metropolis is situated), nearly a third of employed people work in wholesale and retail trade and nearly 10 per cent work in food service activities. Many of these workers are traders. The brief presents information sourced from official documents, other research, interviews with AMA officials, and focus groups discussion and interviews with traders and their leaders in many of the city’s markets.

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ORGANIZING

Organizing for Change: Workers in the Informal Economy

This video, “Organizing for Change: Workers in the Informal Economy” provides essential insight into the contributions of informal workers as well as the many hurdles they face in securing their livelihoods. It also features the benefits of organizing with case studies from Ghana, India and Thailand.

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RESEARCH

Statistics on the Informal Economy: Definitions, Regional Estimates and Challenges.

There is renewed interest in the informal economy worldwide. In part, the renewed interest stems from the fact that, contrary to predictions, the informal economy has not only persisted but has also emerged in new forms and in unexpected places. Moreover many now recognize that the informal economy is integrally linked to the formal economy and contributes to the overall economy. There is also growing recognition that supporting the working poor in the informal economy is a key pathway to reducing poverty and inequality. In particular, since women tend to be concentrated in the more precarious forms of informal employment, supporting working poor women in the informal economy is a key pathway to reducing women’s poverty and gender inequality.

Statistics on the Informal Economy: Definitions, Regional Estimates and Challenges

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