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WIEGO at UN-Habitat's 24th Session of the Governing Council

Sonia Dias presents at UNACLA 2013Sonia Dias, WIEGO's Waste Picker Sector Specialist, was invited to speak at UN-Habitat's 24th session of the Governing Council in April, 2013.

The Global Economic Crisis & the Urban Informal Economy

WIEGO and our partners in the Inclusive Cities Project conducted a rapid assessment of the impact of the crisis on the informal economy. During May, June and July 2009, individual and focus group interviews were conducted with home-based workers, street traders and waste pickers in 10 developing cities. 

International Co-operative Expo 2012

International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Expo 2012

WIEGO and four cooperatives with which we work participated in the 2012 Expo presented by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in Manchester, England. 

Global Trade Project: Analysis of Purchasing Practices in the Garment Industry

A project intitiated by WIEGO and involving several Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) members highlighted several issues endemic to the garment industry that drive poor working conditions at the lowest end of the value chain.garment worker

The WIEGO Network - Defining Features

WIEGO focuses on the concrete reality of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We seek to integrate an informed understanding of this concrete reality into mainstream development thinking, policies and institutions.

- We draw on the distinct expertise of, and build effective alliances between, our three constituencies:

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT)

The Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) was formed in 2005 to bring together street vendors, traders and other types of informal workers from 12 towns in Kenya. The Alliance has over 6,000 members in 175 local associations that form the seven urban alliances: Mombasa, Machakos, Migori, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi. KENASVIT plans to expand its activities to 17 towns. Eight towns have already shown interest, with a target of over 1,000 members per town.

Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS)

The Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) first began in 2000, and was officially registered in 2004. As of 2012, MUFIS has approximately 14550 members, who work in the following informal sectors: home-based workers, street vendors, waste pickers, construction workers, domestic workers and small-scale tea farmers.

Mega Events & the Urban Working Poor

This work aims to understand the multifaceted impact of mega events on the working poor and to publicize these findings.

Pat Horn of StreetNet addresses International Trade Union Confederation about mega events and their impact on informal workers.