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The informal economy and decent work: a policy resource guide supporting transitions to formality

Publisher: International Labour Organization
Publication Date: Jan 2013

This is a policy resource guide developed to build the capacities of ILO constituents in approaches that facilitate transitions to formality. Previous work has shown that the move out of informality requires approaches that are targeted, comprehensive and inter-disciplinary. Country experience shows that policies that are ad-hoc, piece-meal and in isolation from each other rarely have a sustained impact. The objective of this tool is thus to bring together a range of technical fields in order to enable an integrated policy approach. 

The Guide brings together selected examples both from within the ILO and from external sources; it highlights conceptual issues and practical experience in a range of technical fields, including ‘organisation, representation and dialogue’, ‘promoting equality and addressing discrimination’ and ‘entrepreneurship, skills development and finance’. The brief also provides a review of good practices and innovative approaches from different regions, and assesses lessons learned. Additionally, there is a section that provides a list of resources, which can be used to shape more effective strategies. 

Adapted from available summary.