News on informal economy

  1. Informal economy

    Fiji’s western artists prepare for potential disruptions from cyclones

    10 December 2021

    ILO and UNDP are currently working with business development providers such as MSME Fiji, the Itaukei Affairs Trust Board, Green House Co-Working, Vou Fiji and the Fiji Enterprise Engine to roll out BCP training to a large cohort of MSME’s. Through the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project, similar initiatives are being implemented in Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu.

  2. Social health protection

    1.6 billion across Asia and the Pacific lack access to social health protection

    10 December 2021

    Ground-breaking new report on the extension of social health protection in Asia and the Pacific highlights shortfalls of existing schemes and need for wider access to health care services.

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    ILO contributes to an International Cooperative Week event on women cooperative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 November 2021

    On November 19, 2021, SEWA Cooperative Federation, WIEGO and International Cooperative Alliance - Asia-and-Pacific (ICA-AP) organized a global webinar titled ‘Rebuilding an Inclusive World in the Wake of the Pandemic: Women Cooperatives Lead the Way’ on the occasion of the International Cooperative Week.

  4. Informal Economy

    Digital employment marketplace a game changer for Vanuatu

    20 November 2021

    The initiative was technically supported and funded by the United Nations joint Informal Economies Recovery Project, based on a proposal received from the Vanuatu Tripartite Labour Advisory Council.

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    The tourism sector

    ILO research highlights massive COVID-19 impact on tourism employment in Asia and the Pacific

    18 November 2021

    Asia–Pacific tourism industry left reeling from job losses, deterioration in work quality and shifts towards increased informality.

  6. News

    ILO conducts training of business formalization coaches to help young agri-entrepreneurs formalize their businesses

    15 November 2021

  7. Informal Economy

    Creative associations in Fiji establish formal partnership with National Private Sector Organization and starts mentoring programme

    09 November 2021

    The initiative was technically supported and funded by the United Nations joint Informal Economies Recovery Project.

  8. News

    ILO COOP discusses WIEGO report on enabling social protection in the informal economy through worker-led schemes in Africa

    09 November 2021

    The SNI and WIEGO research report on "Enabling social protection within the informal economy: Lessons from worker-led schemes in Nigeria, Uganda and Togo" financed by OSF was launched at a webinar jointly organized with StreetNet International on November 4, 2021.

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    Better Work

    New joint ILO-IFC programme launched with support of EU in the apparel industry in Madagascar

    03 November 2021

    Industry leaders launched the Better Work Madagascar programme to transform the country’s apparel industry by improving working conditions and business productivity. The programme will contribute to the creation of decent employment and inclusive growth.

  10. COVID-19 and the world of work

    Tongan Minister of Trade and Economic Development Q&A feature for the Sept/Oct 2021 edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    18 October 2021

    By Hon. Tatafu Toma Moeaki