COVID-19 intensifies Global Need to support Informal Workers in their Struggle

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Sep 29, 2020 | UNU-Wider, Marty Chen

During the first months of the COVID-19 crisis, informal workers around the world experienced a 60 percent drop in income - more than an 80 percent decline in Africa and the Americas, 70 percent in Europe and Central Asia, and 22 percent in Asia and the Pacific. In this article for UNU-Wider, Marty Chen sets out the essentials of what informal workers will require to survive in an uncertain future: Redistributing wealth through appropriate tax policies; strengthening local systems of production and consumption; ensuring universal access to good quality public services; regulating markets to limit the power of companies to over-exploit nature and undermine human rights; and challenging the dominant narrative that stigmatises informal workers as a problem instead of recognising their contributions in providing essential goods and services.



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