by Sarah Orleans Reed and Ana Caroline Ogando Learn about WIEGO’s Global Impact Study which examines how informal economy workers in 12 cities have fared and coped through the COVID-19 crisis. he study creates a platform for the experience and voices of informal workers to rise to the top of the policy agenda, for those who create policy to see, hear, and feel what is going wrong at the base of the economic pyramid— and what we could start doing right.
by Mike Rogan and Caroline Skinner Recent data suggest that under the strict lockdown conditions imposed in April, two-thirds of the 3 million people who lost their jobs were women. For the formally employed, schemes were put in place that offered some protection. But for the roughly one-third of the workforce in the informal economy, there is no safety net.
by Michael Rogan and Caroline Skinner There is widespread recognition that the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have impacted particularly negatively on informal workers, whose jobs are precarious, who often depend on daily earnings for survival, and who lack legal and social protections. However, it is also likely that these impacts have been experienced unevenly by different groups of workers within the informal economy.
This paper analyses the first wave of the NIDS-CRAM survey in order to identify how the effects of the COVID-19 crisis differ within the informal economy and, in particular by gender and type of employment.