Social Protection

Social Protection for Informal Workers

Informal is normal. Informal employment accounts for the majority non-agricultural employment in the global South (as high asSocial protection 82 per cent in South Asia and 66 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa) (See Women and Men in the Informal Economy, 2nd edition.)

Conceptual Framework for Social Protection for Informal Workers

A conceptual framework, developed in WIEGO’s early years, posed the core question that continues to drive the Social Protection Programme:

“Under what circumstances can which kind of workers in the informal economy (especially poorer working women) secure access to what core measures of provision, which can be incrementally improved upon in the future?”

Core elements of this framework:

• It sees social protection as an inalienable part of work.

• It focuses on women, but not to the exclusion of men.

July, 2014 WIEGO. Approaches to Universal Health Coverage and Occupational Health and Safety for the Informal Workforce in Developing Countries – A Workshop

ISSA: Preventing work-related risks for informal workers International Social Security Association . (1 April 2014)
By Lund, Francie.

Occupational Health & Safety and Informal WorkersFrancie Lund, WIEGO's Social Protection Program Director wrote this article. To mark the 2014 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, this article draws attention to the need for greater workplace protection for women and men who work informally.

Selling clothes, kitchenware, food and other goods outside Ecuador’s Institute for Social Security (IESS) are a handful of the country’s 3.7 million people working in the informal sector. While they may be outside the IESS, these workers are not affiliated with the social security system; something the government is seeking to change through reforms to the social security law.

Alfers, Laura and Mike Rogan. .  "Health Risks and Informal Employment in South Africa: Does Formality Protect Health?."  International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health,
July, 2014 WIEGO. Approaches to Universal Health Coverage and Occupational Health and Safety for the Informal Workforce in Developing Countries – A Workshop, Session 1
January, 2014 AeT - Workplace safety with informal workers: Be safe with us:
July, 2014 WIEGO. Approaches to Universal Health Coverage and Occupational Health and Safety for the Informal Workforce in Developing Countries – A Workshop
February, 2015 WIEGO dans le Monde: Newsletter, février 2015.
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