Law & the Informal Economy

Law and the Informal Economy
A Legal Framework for the Informal Economy

An appropriate legal framework can encourage economic development, allowing informal workers to achieve their full potential as workers and, often, as micro-entrepreneurs.

But legal and regulatory frameworks are designed for the formal economy. Too often, they are used to criminalize informal workers’ livelihood activities like street vending and waste picking.

Informal workers – like all workers – require a regulatory framework that

  • protects their rights in the workplace
  • balances the needs of all stakeholders
  • promotes a climate of stability and security.



WIEGO offers a number of resources on Law and the Informal Economy: