Urban Informal Workers: Representative Voice & Economic Rights
Research reports, working paper
The 2013 World Development Report recognizes and focuses on employment as the center of economic development. The purpose of this paper is to provide a summary analysis of five case studies prepared for the 2013 WDR team that illustrate why and how the representative voice and economic rights of urban informal workers should be promoted.
provides a statistical overview of the urban informal workforce, including: the official statistical definition of informal employment, recent data on non-agricultural employment (a proxy for urban employment data which are not readily available), and the first-ever published data on the four groups of urban informal workers featured in the case studies and this paper.
explains what platforms for representative voice and what types of economic rights urban informal workers need—and demand - and why the voice and rights of these workers is of such critical importance today.
presents a summary of the five case studies:
- Self-Employed Women‘s Association of India, including its role in helping to build and strengthen organizations of informal workers around the world
- National Policy and Law for Street Vendors in India
- Legal Cases for Street and Market Vendors in Durban, South Africa
- Constitutional Court Judgments for Waste Pickers in Bogotá, Colombia
- Campaign for an International Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers
synthesizes the lessons learned from the five cases in regard to increasing voice and realizing rights, with a focus on common strategies, common barriers, and common sources of support.