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Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN)

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN) is a national union that had 30,150 members as of November 2013. Members include street vendors and other informal workers. UGSEIN's objectives include: organize the economic actors of the informal economy; defend the ethical and material interests of members; negotiate agreements with the employers of the sector; struggle for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.


Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members  in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is a membership-based global organization of domestic and household workers. IDWF was launched in October 2013.  IDWF’s objective is to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers’ global organization to protect and advance domestic workers’ rights everywhere.

Associação dos Operadores Trabalhadores do Sector Informal (ASSOTSI)

The Association of Traders and Workers in the Informal Sector (Associçãao dos Operadores Trabalhadores do Sector Informal, ASSOTSI) in Mozambique was founded in 1999.  As of 2012, ASSOTSI had more than 4200 members.  Most of ASSOSTI’s members are street traders, but a small percentage of the members come from other informal worker sectors.

ASSOTSI’s objectives are as follows:
•    to organize, unite and build solidarity between street traders and other informal workers

Health Policy Dialogue, Thailand, 2012

A number of countries have introduced significant national policy reforms to extend health coverage, with one specific objective being to include informal workers. Ghana, India and Thailand are the best known. In January 2012, WIEGO and HomeNet Thailand co-hosted a Health Policy Dialogue in Bangkok, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The dialogue focused on whether and how informal workers have been included. Questions addressed were:

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:

Workshop: Occupational Health of Informal Women Workers

SEWA (the Self-Employed Women’s Association) hosted a national workshop on “Occupational Health of Women Workers inEmbroidery worker in India uses new technology the Informal Economy” in New Delhi on April 4-5, 2013.