Climate change, health and informal workers – highlighting urban challenges and responses from India and Zimbabwe

Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Where: Online

A woman sells flowers in Madurai, India (Photo: ILO, via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO)

This webinar highlighted the health challenges facing urban informal workers from climate change and the responses that can address them.

Across many African and Asian cities, the informal economy provides most livelihoods as well as key goods and services that enable these urban areas to function and to thrive.

Despite their importance, very little attention has been paid to how climate change is affecting and will affect the livelihoods, health and wellbeing of low-income urban informal workers. Still fewer efforts have explored climate-related risks in light of longstanding threats facing informal workers, such as occupational health hazards and low-quality living environments.

This webinar on Wednesday, 8 June included presentations from research teams in India and Zimbabwe, as well as commentary and analysis from global experts.


Sarah Tucker (, coordinator, IIED's Human Settlements research group