News on informal economy

  1. © ILO 2023


    The unseen workforce behind wastewater management

    17 November 2023

    High-income countries often take the wastewater management process for granted. Yet only 58 per cent of the world’s domestic wastewater is safely treated, with significant variation across regions. For World Toilet Day, we delve into the data to gain a better understanding of employment in the water collection, treatment and supply and sewerage industries in different country contexts.

  2. Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work Ghana

    ILO working to improve productivity and working conditions of the Ghanaian shea industry

    01 November 2023

    Capacity building trainings are running with shea entrepreneurs in and around Tamale

  3. © Priscilla Konadu Mensah 2023


    Formalization is transforming my shea butter business

    24 October 2023

    Zakaria Adama Lacera shares the challenges and rewards of formalizing her shea butter production and soap business in Ghana.

  4. © ILO 2023

    ILOSTAT Blog

    New standards, increased visibility: Improving measurement of the informal economy

    23 October 2023

    New statistical standards will improve the measurement of the informal economy, providing more useful and complete data to address informality through targeted policies.

  5. © Human Design Studios /ILO 2023

    21st International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    Statisticians adopt new standards on measuring informal employment

    23 October 2023

    The new standards will help countries collect better data and so devise improved policies for workers in the informal economy.

  6. Labour migration

    First-Ever African Labour Migration Conference Kicks Off in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

    18 October 2023

    ILO and African Union Commission join forces to protect migrant workers' rights

  7. © Monty Rakusen/Cultura Creative 2023

    International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    Data: A common language for the world of work

    16 October 2023

    Without accurate data, labour market decisions cannot be taken says Rafael Diez de Medina, Chief Statistician and Director of the ILO Department of Statistics.

  8. Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work Ghana

    Enterprise formalisation takes centre stage as a bottle-neck to productivity growth in Ghana

    15 October 2023

    ILO to adapt Formalise Your Business tool for pilot in Ghana’s Textile sector

  9. © M. Crozet/ILO 2023

    21st International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    Facing rapid changes in the world of work, labour statisticians meet to update measurement of key concepts of labour statistics

    11 October 2023

    The International Conference of Labour Statisticians, the global standard-setting body for labour market statistics, is meeting at the ILO to review new trends and requirements in data gathering and usage, and methods for measuring key indicators related to advancing social justice.

  10. News

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights comes to ILO for technical exchanges on the business and human rights agenda

    05 October 2023