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Informal Economy

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

My Story As a Young Entrepreneur in Zambia

Mutoba Ngoma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Mutoba Ngoma

With the right support, young people themselves can help tackle the youth employment crisis. We have the ideas and the motivation. We just need the opportunity and support.

A Focus on Africa's Informal Economy

Richard Attias | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net.

Economies Go Alternative

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

If you live in Greece or Spain or even in parts of the United States, that nasty gurgling sound is the economy going down the drain. The official economy, that is -- the one that gets tracked by the accountants and tax officials and economists who feature in the media every day.

What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

John Sullivan | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
John Sullivan

The informal sector -- those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy -- is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies.

Interrogating the Illicit

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business
Pardis Mahdavi

What do an arms dealer, an agricultural worker, a sex worker, and a dining hall worker all have in common? They all operate in the increasingly growing realm of grey areas between legal/illegal, licit/illicit and formal/informal economies.

Taking the Nation's Temperature One Year After ARRA's Passage

Linda Basch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda Basch

Job creation efforts must ensure that women and low-wage working families have access to quality jobs through job training and inclusion in emerging sectors such as the green economy.