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: