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Informality and inclusive green growth

Sian Lewis

Book/Report, 65 pages

‘The biggest private sector: what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?’ was a conference held in London in February 2016 which aimed to build a new policy agenda for integrating the informal economy into inclusive green growth and sustainable development.

The conference was co-hosted by IIED, the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Sahel and West Africa Club (OECD-SWAC).

Featured speakers included researchers, policy makers and practitioners from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia and South Africa. Together, participants demonstrated the variety and vigour of informal economies around the world, shared lessons and benefits, explored challenges for formalisation and highlighted success stories.

This document captures some of the evidence and insights presented at that event and expands on the six guiding principles that emerged from the discussions:

· Use positive language that is upbeat.
· Build platforms for exchange.
· Support self-organisation.
· Design from the bottom-up.
· Use evidence.
· Look beyond regulation.

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The informal economy – broadly defined as economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation – sustains a large part of the world's workforce. It is a diverse, complex and growing area of activity.

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