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Focal Cities: Activities and Outcomes in Accra

Ghana - NHIS Registration Day

Dorcas Ansah has coordinated WIEGO’s efforts for five years across several sectors of informal workers in Accra.

Focal Cities: Activities and Outcomes in Lima

Newspaper vendors in Peru

Since 2010, WIEGO has implemented several thematic initiatives in Lima, Peru, creating a critical mass of work on informal employment issues.

UNIFEM’s Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work & Poverty

UNIFEM (now called UN Women) asked WIEGO to write the 2005 issue of Progress of the World’s Women – UNIFEM’s biennial flagship publication– on the topic of “Women, Work, and Poverty.” Officially launched at the United Nations on September 16, 2005 to coincide with the Millennium Development Summit, the publication focuses on employment, especially informal employment, as a key pathway to reducing poverty and gender inequality.

Special Initiatives


WIEGO Specialists

Marty Chen

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.

Focal Cities

Focus Group in Ghana

In recent years, WIEGO has taken a focused approach to its work in two cities: Accra, Ghana and Lima, Peru. Working closely with local partners, WIEGO implemented a range of programmes and projects in each location. The approach has led to improvements in informal workers’ lives.

Ghana Health Policy Dialogue

Impact: Marginalized Workers Gain Healthcare Access

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Core Programmes

WIEGO's Five Programmes  For each of its five 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.

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 Vanek et al. 2014.)