WEIGO On 14 November, WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) held a public event on “forging a path towards recognition and inclusion of informal workers” at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The dialogue was centred on the International Labour Organization’s Recommendation 204, the purpose for which, according to WIEGO, “is to provide guidance to governments to facilitate the transition to formalization, and serves as a tool for informal workers to claim their rights, through their representative organisations”. A panel discussion on the transition from the informal to the formal economy was the main event, and included perspectives from local government, civil society and informal worker organisations- South Africa Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA), South Africa Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA), HomeNet Thailand and Asociacion Nacional de Recicladores from Colombia- which represented the voices of informal workers. 

SERI has produced a series of publications outlining the rights of informal traders to make a living and how local government can regulate informal trade in a manner that respects the rights of informal traders and treat them in a manner that is just, humane and inclusive.

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