Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction

A handbook for policy-makers and other stakeholders

Paperback: £60.00

Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction

Series Title: New Gender Mainstreaming Series on Development Issues
Publication date: 1 October 2004
Size: 253mm x 190mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-797-9
Pages: 248

This book highlights the lack of attention to employment, especially informal employment, in poverty reduction strategies and points to the links between being informally employed, being a woman or a man and being poor. It maps out the impacts on different categories of informal producers and workers, both men and women, within the context of major changes in the nature of work related to economic restructuring and liberalisation.

Liberally scattered with practical examples, the book draws widely on recent data and evidence for a number of organisations, including the a global research policy network WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing). It provides a convincing case for an increased emphasis on informal employment and gender in poverty reduction strategies, and sets out a strategic framework that offers guidelines for policy-makers seeking to follow this approach.

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Executive Summary

1. Employment: The 'Missing Link' in the Poverty Debates
The Globalisation-Growth-Poverty Debate
Terms of the Debate
The 'Missing link' in the Debate

2. Informal Employment, Gender and Poverty
The Informal Economy
Women and Men in the Informal Economy
The Links Between Informal Employment, Poverty and Gender
Gender Segmentation of the Informal Economy
Hidden Costs of Informal Employment
The Global Horticulture Value Chain: An Illustrative Case Study
Gender Segmentation of the Informal Economy and Poverty

3. The Changing World of Work: Linking Economic Reforms-Gender-Poverty
Economic Reforms and Poverty
Trade and Employment
The Changing Nature of Work

4. Decent Work for Informal Workers: Promising Strategies and Examples
Goal 1: Promoting Opportunities
Goal 2: Securing Rights
Goal 3: Promoting Protection
Goal 4: Promoting Voice
Supporting Strategy- Collecting Statistics on the Informal Economy

5. Informal Employment and Gender: A Strategic Policy Approach
Policy Perspective
Policy Goals
Substantive Policy Areas
Key Actors
Policy Process


1 llO Convention on Home Work, 1996
2 Recommendations to Extend National Labour Legislation to Informal Women Workers in India
3 Draft Umbrella Legislation on Informal Sector Workers, India
4 Bellagio Declaration of Street Vendors, 1995