News on informal economy

  1. News

    Call for Abstracts – Technologies that support enterprise formalization

    21 July 2020

    This call for abstracts, launched by the ILO and UN ESCAP, invites researchers to submit proposals for innovative research papers relevant to the theme of the use of digital technologies in support of the transition to formality of economic units. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2020.

  2. © Ploy Phutpheng / UN Women 2020

    Joint Op-Ed ECLAC, ILO & UN Geneva

    Building back better: Equality at the centre

    16 July 2020

    We must put equality and environmental sustainability at the centre of the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Indonesia and Thailand to strengthen their port inspection to combat trafficking and forced labour at sea

    15 July 2020

    To combat forced labour and human trafficking onboard fishing vessels in the Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand, with support from the ILO, took a step to develop a bilateral protocol on port State inspection on foreign fishing vessels.

  4. Virtual Global Summit

    ILO Global Summit builds commitment to create better world of work after COVID-19

    13 July 2020

    Global leaders discussed strategies to ensure the world of work after the COVID-19 pandemic tackles the vulnerabilities exposed by the outbreak, including a lack of social protection, the informal economy, inequality and climate change.

  5. Research

    Call for abstracts: Technology and the transition from informal to formal economy

    07 July 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) invite researchers to submit proposals for innovative research papers relevant to the theme of the use of digital technologies in support of accelerating results in the transition from the informal to formal economy. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2020.

  6. International Day of Cooperatives

    How cooperatives can help Brazil’s waste pickers build back from COVID-19

    03 July 2020

    This year’s International Day of Cooperatives on 4 July will focus on climate action. Waste pickers’ cooperatives in Brazil are examples of how cooperatives can help combat climate change, while facing the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Global Deal Conference

    Social dialogue essential to any effective response to the pandemic says ILO Director-General

    26 June 2020

    Giving communities a greater voice in their own affairs enables compromises on difficult issues, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s at the Global Deal Conference on “Social Dialogue and the SDGs in the times of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  8. © S. Hadkar/Times of India/AFP 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO warns of COVID-19 migrant ‘crisis within a crisis’

    24 June 2020

    Policies need to be put in place to protect stranded migrant workers and to ensure the reintegration of those who return to their home countries, says the International Labour Organization.

  9. © A. Mirza / ILO 2020

    Blog

    COVID-19 shows why domestic workers need same rights and protection as others

    16 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of domestic workers.

  10. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Livelihoods of more than 55 million domestic workers at risk due to COVID-19

    16 June 2020

    On the ninth anniversary of the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, new ILO estimates reveal the risks facing domestic workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.