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New findings on Covid-19 and informal work

As part of the Informal workers and Covid-19: Evidence-based responses to the crisis at the base of the economic pyramid project, WIEGO has launched a new Working Paper on ‘Covid-19 and Informal Work in 11 Cities: Recovery Pathways Amidst Continued Crisis‘, which reflects the findings from the longitudinal study of nearly 2,000 informal workers in 11 cities around the world. Surveys and in-depth interviews were conducted with domestic workers, home-based workers, street vendors and market traders, and waste pickers in mid-2020 and then again in mid-2021.

The findings reveal the differentiated pathways of impact and thus recovery for different groups of informal workers approximately a year and a half into the pandemic. The study shows that the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis remains deep and persistent for workers at the base of the economy.