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Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS)

WIEGO and its Inclusive Cities partners are engaged in a multi-year, 10-city Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS). The IEMS 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 economic trends, urban policies and practices, value chain dynamics, and other economic and social forces. The study also examines what factors help or constrain urban informal workers to respond to these forces.

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

These findings are based on research conducted in 2012 as part of the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), a project under Inclusive Cities and led by WIEGO.

Conducted in 10 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the study examines how informal livelihoods are changing, how informal workers respond, and what institutions help or hinder their lives.

What We Do

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In all of our activities, WIEGO seeks to increase the voice, visibility, and validity of the working poor, especially women.

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO)

WIEGO is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.

Who We Are

The WIEGO Network consists of individuals and institutions from three broad constituencies:Durban General Assembly

Policy Dialogues

What is a Policy Dialogue?

A Policy Dialogue involves people from different interest groups sitting around one table to focus on an issue in which they have a mutual – but not necessarily common – interest. It assumes that people in different positions will have different perspectives on the same problem. For example:

How We Are Structured


The Membership of WIEGO (see Who We Are) is central in our governance and accountability structure. Members are entitled to review and comment on WIEGO’s progress reports and financial reports, to attend General Assemblies held every four years, and to elect representatives to a Nominating Committee that prepares the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors, which is selected  at each General Assembly.


  See biographies of current and past Board of Directors

The WIEGO Board of Directors, as per the provision of our Articles of Association, is comprised of:

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our  Publication Series.