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WIEGO Digest

Edited Volume Encapsulates 20 Years of Pioneering WIEGO Work
We are proud to announce the launch of, “The Informal Economy Revisited: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future”!

This 34-chapter open-access book brings together leading scholars from a broad range of disciplines to investigate recent conceptual shifts, research findings and policy debates on the informal economy. Edited by Marty Chen and Françoise Carré, the volume is the culmination of 20 years of pioneering WIEGO work on the informal economy. Ultimately, it calls for a paradigm shift in how the informal economy is perceived to reflect the realities of informal work in the Global South.
New Publications & Resources Related to COVID-19
E-Book paints global picture of impact and long-term risk facing informal workers due to COVID-19
Featuring findings from WIEGO’s rapid assessment, this E-Book provides a global snapshot of the impact of public health measures on informal workers' incomes, the health risks they are facing, and how organizations of informal workers have mobilized to respond to the crisis. The book ends with a call for immediate relief, as well as long-term transformative change to promote decent work and social protection for all. The E-book will be available soon in Spanish and French.
Garment Workers & Allies Release Joint Statement Calling on Global Brands to Provide Relief to All Garment Workers
WIEGO joined the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) and HomeNet South East Asia (HNSEA) in 
demanding that brands extend a one-time Supply-chain Relief Contribution (SRC) to all garment workers (including time-rated, piece-rated, subcontracted and home workers) in their supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full statement.
PODCAST: Challenges to Protect Informal Workers Livelihoods in Mexico and Peru

Mexico and Peru have been hard-hit by the pandemic in Latin America. We analyse the main challenges faced in each country with implementing emergency cash-grant policies, whether those responses reached informal workers and possible solutions to address these issues.
También disponible en español.

WEBINAR: Informal Workers & COVID-19 - Impact and Vision for the Future
On July 14, experts from WIEGO's Urban Policies Programme hosted an Urban Thinkers Campus (an initiative under the World Urban Campaign of UN-HABITAT). During the webinar and roundtable discussion, researchers provided detailed insights on the impact of COVID-19 on urban informal workers and creative policy and planning responses moving forward. Watch the full webinar & access the presentations.
New WIEGO Publications & Resources
Informal Workers in Mexico: A Statistical Snapshot
Using the quarterly survey of the National Statistical Institute of Mexico, INEGI, this statistical brief provides data on the size, composition, sex, education, ages, and income for six worker groups (domestic workers, home-based workers, market traders, street vendors, informal construction workers and informal transport workers). Data is provided for three geographical areas: Mexico City, Urban Mexico and Mexico.
Home-Based Workers in India: A Statistical Snapshot
Did you know: in 2017-18, there were 41.85 million home-based workers in India? Using data from the 2017-18 Periodic Labour Force Survey, this statistical snapshot of India's home-based workers offers data on the size of this workforce, age, sex, type of industry and how this has evolved since 2004-05.
Domestic Workers: A History of Struggle (in Spanish)
The struggle by domestic workers in Mexico for recognition of their labour rights has been long and full of obstacles. Learn about their efforts and how domestic workers achieved important victories, protecting them from discrimination and towards the realization of their human rights. The comic was produced in partnership with the National Union of Domestic Workers (SINACTRAHO), the Centre for Training and Support for Domestic Workers (CACEH), Hogar Justo Hogar and WIEGO.
Bringing Visibility to Informal Workers' Needs in the COVID-19 Crisis

In July, WIEGO Team members continued to bring their expertise to several webinars and online discussions. Access video recordings and presentations from these online events below: 

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