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A different approach to policy


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A presentation by Sally Roever, WIEGO Urban Policies
Programme, from the urban informal economy.

The presentation was made at a conference on "The biggest 'private sector': what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?" on 25 February 2016.

The event was hosted by IIED and the Green Economy Coalition, WIEGO, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the OECD's Sahel and West Africa Club.

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A different approach to policy

  1. 1. Session 5. A Different Approach to Policy IIED-GEC-WIEGO-CIFOR-OECD Event: Informality and Green & Inclusive Growth Sally Roever, WIEGO Network Photo by Juan Arredondo/Getty Images
  2. 2. Poverty Risk Average Earnings Segmentationby Sex Low High Employers Predominantly Men Informal Wage Workers: “Regular” Men and Women Informal Wage Workers: Casual Industrial Outworkers/Homeworkers Predominantly Women High Low Unpaid Family Workers Own Account Operators Segmentation Of The Informal Economy: By Average Earnings, Poverty Risk And Sex
  3. 3. The Policy Contribution to Less Remunerative, Less Productive, Less Secure Employment Home-Based Work: Low Quality Housing, Infrastructure Street Vending: Evictions, Confiscations Waste Recycling: Prohibitions on Access Photo by Juan Arredondo/Getty ImagesPhoto by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images
  4. 4. Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), 2012 Full Sample (n=1950): • Informal employment is main source of household income for 80 per cent • Average household size = 5+ Size of Home 1-2 Rooms 3 Rooms 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Street Vendors Market Traders Problems at workplace
  5. 5.  Multiple spaces for less powerful groups to develop proposals  Bridge between short-term needs and long- term processes Key Elements of “A Different Approach to Policy”
  6. 6. Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB) co-founded in 1990 by Nohra Padilla and Silvio Ruiz ▼ Legal Campaign (20 years) with technical support from pro bono lawyers and NGOs led by Nohra Padilla ▼ First Global Waste Picker Conference, Bogota (2008) ▼ Constitutional Court Victory (2011) ▼ Successful Bid for Solid Waste Management Contract (2012) ▼ Waste Picker Integration Model Launched in Bogota (2013) Goldman Environmental Award to Nohra Padilla (2013) ▼ National Ruling to Replicate Bogotá Model throughout Colombia (2014) Colombia: Pathway toward Inclusion and Sustainability