Legal Empowerment of the Working Poor

This grant will support in-depth studies of the legal situation, demands and struggles of the working poor (especially women) in the informal economies of in Ghana, Peru and Thailand.

The project will build on an interactive process involving member-based organizations of informal workers, as well as a range of stakeholders and legal experts in each of the three countries.

Researchers will analyze the laws, regulations and policies that affect the work, working conditions and livelihoods of informal workers.

The project is expected to contribute to the design of an enabling legal and regulatory environment for informal workers in the countries involved and beyond. It will also help build the capacity of informal worker organizations to engage on legal issues and take advantage of legal gains.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, November 1, 2010

End Date

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 378,500


Ghana, Peru, South America, Far East Asia, Thailand, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, Central Asia, South Asia


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Martha Alter Chen


Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Limited

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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