IEMS Report on Home-Based Workers Sheds New Light on Informal Employment


By Sally Roever The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) is the world’s first longitudinal study of informal employment that combines structured comparisons (of ten cities and three occupational sectors), rigorous qualitative and quantitative research, and collaboration between researchers and grassroots workers’ organizations. An initiative of WIEGO and the Inclusive Cities project, the IEMS examines the… Read more »

Home-Based Worker News 6 July 2014


Home-based workers

(English) GHANA. Ghana in Retrospect. All Africa (4 July 2014) by Frank Asante. Ghana has progressed in many fronts of national life in terms of development since independence. In the same measure, we have retrogressed in development generally. ZIMBABWE. Zimbabwe: Taking Ownership. All Africa (3 July 2014). Zimbabwe’s informal sector is pegged at 46 percent compared to… Read more »

Home-Based Worker News 22 June 2014


Home-Based Workers

(English) PAKISTAN. Punjab commission on status of women starts work. The International News (21 June 2014) by Meeran Karim. Talking to The News, PCSW Chairperson Viqar said the Commission will act as a much needed watchdog to examine government’s work in the arena of women rights and provide feedback on this basis. BULGARIA. Bulgaria Is “The Sewing… Read more »

Waste Picker News 6 July 2014


Waste pickers

(English) PHILIPPINES. Gift for Pope Francis. Inquirer (7 July 2014) by Aileen Lucero via EcoWaste Coalition. Pope Francis, who is known for his simplicity, his preference for public transportation, and his affection and respect for those who recycle such as the waste pickers, would surely exalt efforts to make his forthcoming visit simple, ecological and… Read more »

Self-Employed Women in the Urban Informal Economy: Reducing Their Risks and Constraints


by Martha Alter Chen, International Coordinator, WIEGO  How can women enjoy their fair share of the economic wealth they create?  The answers to this question depend on whether women are self-employed or wage-employed, what sector they work in, and under what conditions.  This note focuses on self-employed women from poor households engaged in the urban… Read more »