Informal Economy

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

In 2002 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) passed a resolution on Decent Work encouraging government, trade unions and business to work to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation. The Resolution recognised own-account workers for the first time as among vulnerable workers in the informal economy.

The ILO Resolution Concerning Decent Work and the Informal Economy, 2002 (PDF)

ILO Informal Economy Index - The index (2004) is part of the ILO mapping process of the informal economy. It contains almost 500 ILO entries and is regularly updated. Most entries can be accessed electronically in PDF format

ILO Resource Guide on the informal economy

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StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies