Prioritising action on health and climate resilience for informal workers
Most workers in the global South eke out a living in the informal economy, where work is intermittent, uncertain and precarious, yet their work makes an important economic contribution.
Climate change impacts — including heat stress, downpours, floods, and clean water scarcity — already impose a heavy toll on informal workers’ livelihoods and health. These threats interact with other challenges such as use of unclean energy, hazardous living and working conditions, limited social protection, and gender-inequitable burdens.
This briefing explores climate-related health threats facing informal urban workers in India and Zimbabwe drawing on recent research. It describes the main challenges and identifies priority areas for action: improving institutional arrangements; addressing marginalisation; and generating benefits for informal workers’ health, wellbeing, climate resilience and livelihoods.
Agarwal, S., Banda, N., Dodman, D., Kadungure, A., Kothiwal, K., Machemedze, R., Malaya, W., Sverdlik, A., Verma, S. (2022). Prioritising action on health and climate resilience for informal workers.
- IIED, London