Informal and Green? The forgotten voice in the transition to a green economy

Discussion paper
, 42 pages
PDF (525.79 KB)
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9781784310066
Product code:16566IIED

'Inclusive green growth' is no longer just a buzz term. It is shaping donor priorities, influencing national development plans and attracting investment. Yet inclusive green growth policies commonly promoted by international institutions make little, if any, reference to informal economies - which are expanding in all parts of the world in response to changes in our formal economies - and which cater for the world's poor. What does Green Economy mean in the context of informal markets where the world's poorest and most vulnerable people produce and trade? Does 'greening' necessitate formalisation, or can it happen through people's own actions?

We invite partners around the world to share their research~and experiences on some of the key questions arising from~this paper. Please do contact Emily (Benson; Ethel del Pozo-Vergnes~( or Bill Vorley ( with feedback, research or questions.