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WEBINAR: There is No Recovery Without Informal Workers: Towards a Better Deal for the Global Working Poor

This webinar will launch a first round of global findings from the CORE-funded COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy study, led by WIEGO.

The findings are also summarised in a new WIEGO Working paper: Distinct Pathways of Impact and Recovery

Panellists including researchers, practitioners and representatives of informal workers will explore:

  • how the pandemic is impacting different categories of workers in cities across the world—home-based workers, domestic workers, street vendors and market traders, and waste pickers
  • the varied impacts of COVID-19 based on occupations and gender, and how these findings should inform policies for economic recovery
  • what has changed more than one year into the pandemic and what national and municipal governments are doing right—and wrong—to support economic recovery in the informal economy

Informal work accounts for over 60% of all global employment and 90% of employment in developing countries, the International Labour Organization reported in 2018. While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on informal workers is widely acknowledged, the distinct pathways of impacts and the recovery needs of this diverse global workforce are not sufficiently understood. As a result, policies to promote recovery risk exacerbating existing inequalities and leaving up to 2 billion informal workers behind.

Panellists include:

  • Marty Chen (Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, WIEGO)
  • Manop Kaewphaka (President of Federation of Informal Workers Thailand)
  • Gloria Solarzano (Leader of Red Nacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores Autoempleados (RENATTA), Peru)
  • Carmen Roca (Coordinator for Focal City Lima, WIEGO)
  • Poonsap Tulaphan (Director of HomeNet Thailand)
  • Sally Roever (International Coordinator, WIEGO)

The panel will be moderated by Erin Tansey, Director, Sustainable Inclusive Economies, IDRC.