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Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our  Publication Series.

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

This series of audiovisual materials provides information about the process of inclusion of waste pickers into the waste management system in Bogota at the local level, and in Colombia at the national level. It includes short videos—with information on waste pickers' situation and their claims, as well as education materials—that WIEGO has produced to disseminate how this process of inclusion has taken place in order to reach out to every municipality in Colombia and to all waste pickers in the world interested in knowing more about this experience.

Waste Pickers' Ongoing Fight for Recognition

Observing Waste Pickers' Day around the world

Recent Achievements

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers marked Global Waste Pickers' Day (March 1) with a retrospective on 364 days of struggle and achievement. Learn more.

Urban Informal Workers & The Green Economy

A large proportion of those threatened by climate change are concentrated in urban centres in low-/middle-income countries.1 The urban poor – the majority of whom work informally – are at significant risk from the increased intensity and frequency of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves and constraints on fresh water associated with climate change.2  Also, as climate change drives increasing numbers of rural poor into cities, the urban working poor face increasing competition.

Waste & Gender: Rethinking Relations for Empowerment

by Deia de Brito, with Sonia Diaswoman waste picker

Little research exists about gender relations and divisions among waste pickers. A collaborative project involving waste pickers in Latin America seeks to shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.

Waste Wise

Waste is Everyone’s Business!

Recycling is one of the cheapest, fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SEWA Bharat's Inclusive Solid Waste Management Tool

"Nobody would give us respectable salary; SEWA is only one who has given us an option of a better life."- Basanti Ben, Saundarya Saathi

(This article was prepared by SEWA Bharat)

In Katihar, Bihar, Inclusive Cities partner SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) has been implementing a solid waste management strategy that provides women at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid with better incomes, working conditions and other services. This brief article offers highlights of the programme and its structure.    

World Urban Forum 6: Inclusive Cities = Sustainable and Vibrant Cities

Heliodora, a Street Vendor from New York City, was a delegate at this year's World Urban ForumWIEGO and Inclusive Cities delegates attended the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy 1-7 September 2012, to deliver an important message to urban officials and planners: including informal workers in municipal