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Informal economy

We have 30 items tagged with ‘Informal economy’.
  • Two women carry buckets with fruits on their heads.

    Street vendors and garbage pickers need protection from climate extremes

    Around two billion people globally are considered informal workers, in jobs like street vending, agriculture or collecting and recycling plastic rubbish. Many earn on a daily basis and lack savings, healthcare or other social protections. So they typically can’t afford to stop working in the face of COVID-19 and other emergencies

    5 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Group of people posing for a photo

    Making strides to improve health and climate resilience in Zimbabwe’s cities

    Guest blogger Artwell Kadungure and Alice Sverdlik report on how real progress is being made to improve the lives and livelihoods of informal workers as a result of collaboration with key policymakers

    25 August 2021 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Jack fruit vendor spreads out their wares on the ground.

    Putting informal food systems at the centre of sustainable diets

    A new report from IIED and Hivos calls for a rethink about how sustainable diets can be achieved in low-income countries, with informal food systems central to that goal

    16 October 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A woman wearing a mask pours chemicals into a bottle.

    Addressing gendered and other inequalities will be central to COVID-19 recovery

    In the latest in our series on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, we look at how COVID-19 has increased gender inequality and the need to tackle multiple forms of disadvantage in the global South

    11 September 2020 | Article | Gender
  • A man buying fresh fruit at a market stall.

    How COVID-19 is impacting and changing East Africa’s agri-food systems

    In this fourth report on emerging lessons from COVID-19, we look at the pandemic's complex impacts on East African food systems and highlight the need for an inclusive policy response working closely with informal providers.

    7 August 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Busy market scene, showing traders with their vegetables

    Informal food markets offer diverse food products and crucial livelihood opportunities

    An IIED discussion paper highlights the importance of informal food markets in Zambia

    25 November 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Women work in an Agarbatti (incense stick) factory (Photo: Urban Health Resource Centre)

    Unsmart, unsafe cities for informal workers: effective policy change will need better data

    How can urban health policy be effective when the data on residents’ and workers’ leading causes of premature death, illness and injury is inadequate? A new project with partners in India seeks to fill the data gaps and support informal workers’ well-being

    5 April 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Home workers making bouquets (Photo: Siddharth Agarwal/UHRC)

    Addressing risks facing informal workers

    IIED and partners are assessing the occupational, environmental and public health risks faced by workers in the informal economy. This project will also explore responses to these risks with workers in India and Zimbabwe, while also helping to build their resilience to climate change

    1 October 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • The Food Change Lab engaged a wide group of voices from people in different parts of the food system in the Fort Portal region (Photo: Nimrod Bagonza)

    Mixing more voices into food policy

    How an innovative 'Food Change Lab' in Uganda is bringing together a range of voices to shape a food system that works for all, including ordinary citizens

    10 October 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A man transports logs by bicycle. Services provided by informal economies, such as small-scale logging, are often not integrated into plans for green growth (Photo: Jolien Schure/CIFOR, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Informal economy and green growth conference pinpoints need for new policy agenda

    Participants at a London conference on informal economies agreed on the need for a new framework that links informality and the green growth agenda

    31 March 2016 | News | Sustainable markets
  • Early morning in Dogo, West Java, Indonesia: getting low-cost furniture ready for selling on the street corner (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Formalising the informal

    What does it mean to 'formalise' the informal sector? Discussions at an informality event with our partners revealed some of the barriers to successful formalisation and examples of what works

    30 March 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Women in Ahmedabad, India, collect rubbish from 6,656 households that make up the slum area of Juna Vadaj, illustrating the energy and innovation that informal economies can bring to the sustainable development agenda (Photo: Pritpal Randhawa for STEPs)

    Development frontiers

    A workshop organised by research funders highlighted how innovative solutions must be found for the 'wicked' problems we face today

    21 March 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Chris at his roadside food stall. His day starts at 4pm and lasts until 10pm (Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos. Pictures for IIED and Hivos)

    Photo exhibition highlights varied and vibrant informal economies

    Photos exhibited at a recent conference on informal economies and green growth show people working in the informal sector in eight countries

    18 March 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • Women selling fish in Nyakrom, Central Ghana. The food economy is the largest informal sector in West Africa (Photo: aripeskoe2, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Green grows the informal economy

    An event on the informal sector and the green economy established six principles for a new policy agenda on inclusive green growth

    10 March 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • A welder uses home-made equpiment in Kenya, where the Jua Kali (informal economy) thrives and can solve any problem (Photo: Erik (HASH) Hersman, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Lessons from the informal sector

    Could the informal economy provide the way forward for the green growth agenda? Ahead of an IIED event on 25 February, Mao Amis looks at lessons that can be learned

    24 February 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • The sale of matoke in a market near Fort Portal, Uganda: green growth planning must take account of the informal economy (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Does green growth miss the majority?

    On 25 February IIED is hosting an event on the informal sector – we want to better understand how it can contribute to creating a greener and more inclusive economy

    18 February 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • A street barber in Kolkata, India. It is estimated that the city has nearly 2m street traders (Photo: Nicolas Mirguet, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The other half of the future – business' informal sector

    Small businesses, not least those in the informal sector, have a crucial role to play in sustainable development, as an IIED conference will explore.

    4 February 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Mecati Forest, Mozambique: a group of charcoal producers clear trees and prepare to make charcoal. Each year more than eight million bags of charcoal are produced by Mozambique's informal sector (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    The informal economy and sustainable development

    The informal economy – broadly defined as economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation – sustains a large part of the world's workforce. It is a diverse, complex and growing area of activity

    20 January 2016 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Four examples of informal economic activity (Photos: IIED)

    The biggest 'private sector': what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?

    IIED and partners are hosting a conference in London on 25 February that is designed to help build a new policy agenda to integrate the informal economy with inclusive green growth and sustainable development

    20 January 2016 | News | Communication
  • Waste pickers packing up the recyclable materials, Peru (Photo: Alex Proimos, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Workers in informal economy need say in global environmental agendas

    The green economy will benefit from better relations between urban authorities and informal workers and enterprises. Guest blogger Donald Brown examines ways to achieve this

    7 December 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • A typical Kenya milk bar. Packaged milk in supermarkets has been found to be no better at meeting food safety standards than raw milk sold from kiosks (Photo: International Livestock Research Institute, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Lessons in informality from Kenya's dairy sector

    Informal markets are at the heart of many developing country economies, but how can authorities work with the informal sector? A training and certification scheme for Kenya's informal dairy sector provides valuable policy lessons

    3 November 2015 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • A street vendor sells produce in Surabaya, Indonesia (Photo: Schristia, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Showcasing innovations in policy approaches to informality

    IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets initiative has published seven briefing papers that showcase innovations – and challenges – in developing inclusive policy approaches for the informal economy

    21 July 2015 | Article | Economics
  • Muganda at his stall at Karango town with Medius Bihunirwa, a researcher with the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (Photo: Kabarole Research and Resource Centre)

    Rush to urbanise leaves food vendors out in the rain

    The drive to organise and improve towns and cities in Uganda is leaving food vendors out in the rain, warns Chris Busiinge from the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre

    7 July 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Chinese timber business in Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa trade and investment: benefiting Africa's rural informal economy?

    Understanding Africa's informal economy – where people work with/for small-scale Chinese businesses – is critical for assessing China's impact and making policy for the rural poor

    31 March 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • Customers at a milk bar in Ndumbuini in Kabete, Nairobi. Research in Kenya has found that milk sold in this way had similar bacterial levels to those sold in formal markets (Photo: ILRI/Paul Karaimu)

    What do street food, charcoal, gold, mobile phones and milk have in common?

    Informality may be responsible for many things produced, processed or sold by people who operate outside formal rules and regulations, but small markets add up to big business

    17 December 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Traders take matooke to market

    Resilient Dynamism? An informal word with leaders meeting in Davos

    Political and business leaders gathering in Davos will discuss ‘resilient dynamism’, but their distrust of informal economies is a missed opportunity.

    22 January 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • The informal economy: route into or out of poverty?

    A paper published by the IIED raises questions about the link between the informal economy and sustainable development

    10 August 2011 | News | Economics
  • A rubbish heap of issues

    In belt-tightening times, it’s not surprising that consumption often drops. The UK is a case in point. Happily, consumers there are wasting less too. The Waste and Recycling Action Programme (WRAP) reported that in the UK, households throw away half a tonne of food-related waste each year (or a third of all household food purchased). This costs the UK approximately £12 billion a year in disposal costs alone – over £1000 per household.

    8 April 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Recovery “kick off”? Of football, sausages and lost opportunities

    When it’s done, the global tally could be 50 million. So says the International Labour Organization (ILO) about job losses from this recession.In richer countries, that has meant growing pressure on central government resources, as formal jobs have been lost and draws on government benefits have increased. Estimates include 8 million jobs lost in the US and 1.3 million in the UK.In developing countries, people are more likely to juggle several jobs than in the developed world. This means underemployment

    11 March 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • The hidden byway to recovery?

    The ‘slump as opportunity’ concept is alive and well in UK government. Ed Miliband, the country’s Energy and Climate Change Minister, said today that recession will not deflect government efforts to cut carbon emissions and move to a low-carbon economy.

    20 January 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
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