Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

For General Operating Support

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) works to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy. WIEGO is a global research and policy network comprised of more than 30 membership-based organizations of informal workers and about 150 development professionals. WIEGO seeks to increase the voice of the working poor by supporting and strengthening membership-based organizations to gain representation in policymaking bodies. It advances the visibility of informal employment and economy by conducting policy-relevant research and improving official statistics. It also promotes recognition of informal workers as legitimate economic agents.
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for general operating support  
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global action-research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. WIEGO’s goals in each of their five core programs include: Organization and Representation, Statistics, Law, Social Protection, and Urban Policies. WIEGO engages in a set of cross-cutting activities such as developing training materials and carrying out workshops and training courses; supporting its networks and affiliates through convenings and exchanges; carrying out local, regional, and global advocacy campaigns; and developing and publishing research. (Strategy: Women’s Economic Empowerment)
for a project to establish Urban Livelihood Learning Hubs in Mexico, Senegal, and Ghana  
This grant will renew support to three city hubs in Mexico City, Mexico; Dakar, Senegal; and Accra, Ghana, as part of the Focal Cities program of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). The objective of this program is to increase the capacity of informal workers’ membership-based organizations so that they can more effectively interact with city governments to promote policy changes that directly benefit women’s livelihoods. WIEGO has established a platform that allows groups to successfully advocate for policies that affect their work in markets or public squares, modeling grassroots-driven policy change. This grant will include a specific communications campaign to change the misperceptions around informal workers.

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