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Bangladeshi garment workers and the work of BGMEA

Chittagong, 19 September 2016 — The readymade garments sector (RMG) in Bangladesh has been making crucial contribution to the country and its economy, accounting for 81% of the total export earnings of the country. Apart from being the major earner of foreign currency, the RMG sector creates employment for over 4 million people, the vast majority of whom are women. See more.

Recognizing Informal Trade in City Development Plans

Nairobi, 28 July 2016 — An analysis of the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey of 2004/6 shows that 61% of urban workers in Kenya are informal traders against only 34% formal traders. These include both men and women involved in small/unregistered trade activities such as domestic workers, street vendors, hawkers among others. These informal businesses offer support not only to the larger city economy but also local market level that is affordable to low-income households/slum families. See more.

Uma Mão Santa para os trabalhadores informais do Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, 27 julio 2016 — Negócio social iniciado na faculdade tem chamado atenção no Rio de Janeiro por tratar com sucesso duas lacunas da cidade: a oferta de serviços de reparo e manutenção de qualidade e a capacitação e formalização dos trabalhadores informais que geralmente oferecem estes serviços. Tudo isso utilizando tecnologias simples, empoderando mulheres e focando no desenvolvimento local dos bairros.Leia mais.

Haciendo formal la informalidad comercial

Mexico D.F., 26 julio 2016 — En la Ciudad de México más de un millón de personas desempeñan una actividad comercial informal, es decir fuera del régimen de tributación fiscal y de protección social. La Presidencia de la República lanzó un programa para que las personas inscriban la actividad comercial en la formalidad gozando de derechos sociales. Leer más.

A voice for Mumbai’s domestic workers

Mumbai, 25 July 2016 — The majority of India’s 4.2 million domestic workers are women employed in urban areas. Many of them work in multiple homes a day, and on average earn far below the minimum wage. The National Domestic Workers’ Movement is lobbying for better social security and welfare provision for workers in Mumbai. See more.

Training and legal protection to strengthen unorganized workers

Delhi, 22 July 2016 — Sensitizing unorganized workers in garment factories in and around Delhi and offering them legal support is not enough to protect them from exploitative practices that deny them a living wage. An effort to reform the legal architecture and give it teeth is the need of the hour, discovers Delhi-based NGO Society of Labour and Development.See more.

¿Reciclaje inclusivo con recicladoras y recicladores en Medellín?

Medellin, 21 julio 2016 — Medellín logró convertirse en una ciudad modelo en términos de desarrollo urbano, según muchos, gracias a la promoción de una planificación urbana inclusiva y la consideración de las voces de todas las personas, incluyendo las de las más desfavorecidas. ¿Es eso cierto en la situación de los recicladores hoy en día? Leer más.

Vendedores informales en Cali: a la búsqueda de soluciones

Cali, 20 julio 2016 — La falta de oferta de empleo en el sector formal, el sorprendentemente elevado grado de satisfacción de los vendedores informales, y su nivel relativamente alto de ingresos dificultan de forma significativa la solución al problema de la venta informal en Cali. Los intentos masivos de reubicación realizados en los años 90 y en la década pasada acabaron en grandes fracasos. La aproximación actual de la alcaldía es la actuación focalizada en espacios concretos. Leer más.

Micro-credit expands business opportunities for informal workers

Dar es Salaam, 19 July 2016 — Dar es Salaam, just like many other cities in East Africa, is facing an unemployment crisis, especially for youth and women. Approximately 52% of the entire population of Dar es Salaam is formally unemployed. And approximately 11% of the unemployed population in Dar es Salaam earns an income through the informal economy and informal labor market, which is characterized by a lack of social security coverage, lack of written contract documents, lack of health insurance and low wages. See more.

Melibatkan sektor informal dalam promosi wisata kuliner

Surabaya, 18 July 2016 — Pedagang Kaki Lima (PKL) merupakan salah satu bentuk informal ekonomi yang sering kita lihat keberadaannya di kota-kota besar termasuk Surabaya. Mereka banyak menempati trotoar dan jalan-jalan utama kota sehingga menggangu lalu lintas. Surabaya memiliki cara unik menangani PKL yaitu dengan membuat sentra-sentra PKL dan promosi wisata kuliner sebagai upaya pemberdayaan ekonomi masyarakat. Baca lebih lanjut.