Publications on informal economy

  1. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Towards solid social protection floors? The role of non-contributory provision during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    21 January 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the importance of guaranteeing access to at least essential health care and to basic income security for all over the life cycle, as stipulated in the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

  2. The Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

    The Contribution of Social Dialogue to Gender Equality

    20 January 2021

  3. Publication

    Working from home: From invisibility to decent work

    13 January 2021

    With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to homeworking, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades.

  4. Publication

    Enterprise Formalization: An Introduction

    12 January 2021

  5. Global Employment Policy Review. Background Paper N°2

    Policy Frameworks for Transition to Formality: Formalization Strategy and Plan and National Employment Policy

    31 December 2020

    Background paper for the GEPR Chapter 5 “The transition to formality: Comparing policy approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America”

  6. Global Employment Policy Review. Background Paper N°2

    The Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy in Africa

    31 December 2020

    Background paper for the GEPR Chapter 5 “The transition to formality: Comparing policy approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America”

  7. ILO Working paper 21

    Home bounded - Global outreach: Home-based workers in Turkey

    18 December 2020

    This report focuses on industrial home-based pieceworkers and IT-enabled remote workers, who are commonly referred to in Turkey as “freelancers”.

  8. ILO Working Paper 19

    Trends and new developments in employment services to support transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa Regions

    16 December 2020

    This paper presents the findings of a survey undertaken in selected countries in the Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions (SSA and MENA) aimed at reviewing the status of employment service provision, challenges and opportunities for their development.

  9. Publicación

    Delivery work during a pandemic: delivery platform workers in Argentina - Executive summary

    01 December 2020

    As a consequence of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, on March 20 the Argentine government decreed a social, preventive and compulsory isolation. This measure led consumers to turn to e-commerce, which caused a meaningful opportunity for courier and delivery work carried out through digital platforms. Further, such work was considered an essential activity and was therefore uninterrupted. This study presents the results of an ILO survey that targeted workers in this sector sector, conducted in July 2020, and compares them with findings obtained a year earlier.

  10. Briefing note

    Research brief 2: Institutional constraints for the extension of social insurance coverage to informal economy workers in China

    20 November 2020