Prioritising action on health and climate resilience for informal workers

IIED Briefing
, 4 pages
PDF (184.17 KB)
Published: July 2022
ISBN: 9781784319830
Product code:21036IIED

Most workers in the global South eke out a living in the informal economy, where work is intermittent, uncertain and precarious, yet their work makes an important economic contribution.

Climate change impacts — including heat stress, downpours, floods, and clean water scarcity — already impose a heavy toll on informal workers’ livelihoods and health. These threats interact with other challenges such as use of unclean energy, hazardous living and working conditions, limited social protection, and gender-inequitable burdens.

This briefing explores climate-related health threats facing informal urban workers in India and Zimbabwe drawing on recent research. It describes the main challenges and identifies priority areas for action: improving institutional arrangements; addressing marginalisation; and generating benefits for informal workers’ health, wellbeing, climate resilience and livelihoods.

Cite this publication

Agarwal, S., Banda, N., Dodman, D., Kadungure, A., Kothiwal, K., Machemedze, R., Malaya, W., Sverdlik , A. and Verma, S. (2022). Prioritising action on health and climate resilience for informal workers. IIED, London.
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