Informal Economy Monitoring Study

Informal Economy Monitoring Study

The Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) is a major study of the urban informal economy being undertaken in 10 cities around the world: Accra, Ghana; Ahmedabad, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Durban, South Africa; Lahore, Pakistan; Lima, Peru; Nakuru, Kenya; and Pune, India. The study combines qualitative and quantitative research methods to provide an in-depth understanding of how three groups of urban informal workers – home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers – are affected by and respond to economic trends, urban policies and practices, value chain dynamics, and other economic and social forces.

Coordinated by WIEGO, study partners include the following organizations:

Asiye eTafuleni (South Africa); Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB) (Bogota); Consorcio de Investigación Económica y Social (CIES) (Peru); Federación Departamental de Vendedores Ambulantes de Lima y el Callao (FEDEVAL) (Peru); Homenet Pakistan (Pakistan); Instituto Nenuca de Desenvolvimento Sustentável de Belo Horizonte (INSEA/BH) (Brazil); Institute of Statistical,  Social and Economic Research (ISSER) (Ghana); StreetNet Ghana Alliance (Ghana); Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) (Kenya); Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) (India); and Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) (India).

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