News on informal economy

  1. 18th American Regional Meeting

    Guy Ryder: Formalization of the informal economy a priority for the Americas

    13 October 2014

    ILO Director-General tells American Regional Meeting that 47 per cent informality rate is still steep.

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    Formalizing employment in Brazil

    A “simple” path to formal employment

    09 October 2014

    In Brazil, formal employment has risen by almost 14 per cent in a decade…SUPERSIMPLES is part of the reason. The forthcoming American Regional Meeting of the ILO will consider employment and social protection policies as boosters of productivity and formal employment.

  3. Informal economy

    ILO Director-General: Labour inspections key to fighting undeclared work

    18 September 2014

    Guy Ryder urges EU member states to ramp up steps to support formalization of the informal economy, spotlighting specific action for tackling undeclared work.

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    103rd International Labour Conference

    Ryder: We’ve endorsed an “agenda that really matters”

    12 June 2014

    World parliament of labour offers hope to millions of victims of forced labour, discusses migration, ways out of informality and overcoming mass unemployment.

  5. 103rd International Labour Conference

    ILO moves the discussion on the informal economy one step forward

    12 June 2014

    The International Labour Conference completed a first overview of a reality that impacts 40 per cent of the global workforce.

  6. Article

    Interview with Suman More, Solid Waste Collection and Handling (SWaCH)

    10 June 2014

  7. Article

    Interview with Arbind Singh of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

    10 June 2014

    Street vendors were among the groups of workers in the informal economy who were well represented in the ILC. ILO COOP talked to Mr. Arbind Singh, the National Coordinator of The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI).

  8. ILO FORLAC Notes

    Formalization in Latin America and the Caribbean

    05 June 2014

    The ILO Regional Office began publishing a series of "Notes on Formalization" about the situation and the experience dealing with informal economy employment in several countries in the region.

  9. Zimbabwe

    Moving from marginalization through apprenticeships

    04 April 2014

    An ILO project in Zimbabwe is helping improve the quality of apprenticeships in the informal economy. The programme helps young people, particularly those living with disability, find decent work and escape the vicious circle of marginalization and poverty.

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    ILO study

    Syrian refugees in Lebanon face harsh working conditions

    02 April 2014

    An ILO assessment of Syrian refugee employment in Lebanon finds that low wages, high unemployment and lack of labour market regulation pose serious challenges to livelihoods for both residents and refugees in host communities.