Informal economies, characterised by economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation, sustain many people across the globe. In emerging markets informal economies employ up to 80 per cent of the workforce. In many countries the informal sector is expanding – but policymakers often ignore it.
The photo exhibition provided a vivid illustration of the varied ways in which people earn their livelihoods through informal economic activity. The photos also illustrated how people in the informal sector, from Colombia to India, are beginning to organise to protect their rights and grow their businesses.
Gallery: highlights from the informality photo exhibition
The gallery below shows a selection of images from the exhibition. Click on the image below to begin the slideshow and use the arrows at the bottom left to move through the images.