Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

For General Operating Support

This core grant would enable Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. WIEGO is a global action-research-policy network comprised of more than thirty membership-based organizations of informal workers and about 150 development professionals. WIEGO seeks to increase (1) the voice of the working poor by supporting and strengthening membership-based organizations to gain representation in policymaking bodies, (2) the visibility of informal employment and economy by conducting policy-relevant research and improving official statistics, and (3) the validity of informal workers by promoting their recognition as legitimate economic agents.
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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.
for general operating support  
This grant will support Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing’s (WIEGO’s) organizational priorities during the grant period, including program planning and coordination to support representation of membership-based organizations in policymaking bodies; develop statistics on the informal economy; address laws and regulations that disadvantage and penalize informal workers; and develop research and advocacy with organizations of informal workers to engage in debates such as social protection and urban policies. During the grant period, WIEGO also expects to strengthen its communications strategy, fill key staff positions, and update its membership and network systems.

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