Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) - Publications

Additional Findings:

Home-Based Workers  | Street Vendors  |  Waste Pickers


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.

IEMS Fact Sheet

 

See a two-page brochure on the concrete outcomes arising from this action research.

 

Three groups of informal workers – home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers – and their membership-based organizations (MBOs) are involved in the study.

Read the April 9, 2014 press release for the launch of findings at World Urban Forum and coverage on the urb.im blog.

Home-Based Workers

Home-Based Worker, Bangkok

Sector Report

Executive Summary:
summary page | pdf

Full sector report on home-based workers:
summary page | pdf

Sector summary:
The Urban Informal Workforce: Home-Based Workers
summary page
English | español

 

Home-Based Worker, Ahmedabad, India

India (Ahmedabad)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English | español | português

City Report:
summary page | pdf

Policy Recommendations:
summary page | pdf

Informal Economy Monitoring Study - Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan (Lahore)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English | español | português

City Report: summary page |  pdf

Policy Recommendations forthcoming

Home-Based Workers, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand (Bangkok)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español | português

City Report:
summary page | pdf

Policy Recommendations:
summary page  | pdf

Street Vendors

Market Vendor, Accra

Sector Report

Executive Summary:
summary page
English  | español

Full Sector Report

Sector summary:
The Urban Informal Workforce: Street Vendors
English   | español

Street Vendor, Ahmedabad, India

India (Ahmedabad)

Executive Summary: summary page

English | español  | português

City Report: summary | pdf
Policy Recommendations

Lima Street Vendor

Peru (Lima)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español  | português

Informe de la Ciudad: resumen | pdf

Policy Recommendations forthcoming

Food vendor at market, Accra, Ghana

Ghana (Accra)

Executive Summary: summary page

English  | español  | português

City report: summary | pdf

Policy Recommendations

Street Vendors, Nakuru, Kenya

Kenya (Nakuru)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English | español  | português

City Report: summary page | pdf

Policy Recommendations

Durban Street Vendor

South Africa (Durban)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español  | português

City Report: summary page | pdf
Policy Recommendations forthcoming

 

Waste Pickers

Waste Recycler at a Recycling Cooperative, Bogota

Sector Report

Full Sector Report on Waste Pickers
summary page | pdf

Executive Summary: summary page
English  | español  | português

Sector summary:
The Urban Informal Workforce: Waste Pickers/Recyclers
English  |  español

Belo Horizonte Waste Pickers

Brazil (Belo Horizonte)

Executive Summary: summary page

English  | español  | português

Relatórios das Cidades: resumo | pdf

Policy Recommendations

Recicladores, Bogota, Colombia

Colombia (Bogota)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español  | português

Informe de la Ciudad: resumen | pdf
Recomendaciones de política

Waste Pickers, Pune, India

India (Pune)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español  | português

 

City Report: summary | pdf
Policy Recommendations

Waste Pickers, Nakuru, Kenya

Kenya (Nakuru)

Executive Summary:
summary page

English  | español  | português

City Report: summary | pdf

Policy Recommendations

Waste Picker, Durban, South Africa

South Africa (Durban)

Executive Summary:
summary page | pdf

City Report: summary page | pdf