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Law and the Informal Economy: Past Activities

Law and the Informal Economy: Past Activities

Street Vendors, Thailand
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The section below describes the work undertaken by WIEGO’s  “Law Project” in five countries between 2006 and 2014. 

WIEGO Team Bios

Olga Abizaid, WIEGO Communications OfficerOlga Abizaid
Spanish Writer/Editor


Programme Team

See biographies of WIEGO Team members.

Marty Chen
International Coordinator

Joann Vanek
Director, Statistics

WIEGO Individual Members

Individual Members of WIEGO are drawn from two of WIEGO’s three constituencies: researchers, statisticians or academics who study the informal economy; and professionals in development agencies who work on issues related to the informal economy. The third constituency is membership-based organizations of informal workers – trade unions
cooperatives, or associations of various kinds – or trade unions that organize informal workers: such organizations are invited to become Institutional Members of WIEGO.

Ghana Health Policy Dialogue

Impact: Marginalized Workers Gain Healthcare Access

View all WIEGO Network impact stories.


A Health Policy Dialogue held in Accra, Ghana on July 26, 2012 resulted in over 1,000 head porters, known as kayayei in Ghana, gain access to health care services through the Ghanaian National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). 

The WIEGO Network's Impact

The WIEGO Network, a global action-research-policy network, consists of membership-based organizations (MBOs) of informal workers, researchers and statisticians, and professionals from development agencies (governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental). We seek to increase the voice, visibility, and validity of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

Statistics: Past Activities


WIEGO has had and continues to play an important role in the development of statistics on all aspects of the informal economy.

Core Programmes

WIEGO's Core Programmes  For each of its programme areas, WIEGO commissions issues papers to identify programme, research and policy priorities. It then convenes workshops of grassroots, research and policy actors. Collaborating institutions and individuals undertake component activities.

WIEGO Newsletters

Current issue: April 2016:  English | en Español | en Français

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