WIEGO is a global action-research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy, especially women. Economic empowerment of these workers is at the heart of WIEGO’s mission. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights and be able to determine the conditions of their work and lives.

The WIEGO network consists of individuals and institutions from three broad constituencies:

  • membership-based organizations (MBOs) of informal workers such as cooperatives, unions and associations
  • researchers and statisticians who carry out research, data collection, or data analysis on the informal economy
  • professionals from development agencies (inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental) who provide services to or shape policies towards the informal workforce

The founders of WIEGO decided at its inception in 1997 that the WIEGO network should build alliances with individuals and institutions from our constituencies, and should draw on expertise from around the globe as it forged partnerships and linkages.

The WIEGO network has grown remarkably in recent years.