Informal Economy

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

In 2002 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) passed a resolution on Decent Work encouraging government, trade unions and business to work to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation. The Resolution recognised own-account workers for the first time as among vulnerable workers in the informal economy.

The ILO Resolution Concerning Decent Work and the Informal Economy, 2002 (PDF)

ILO Informal Economy Index The index (2004) is part of the ILO mapping process of the informal economy. It contains almost 500 ILO entries and is regularly updated. Most entries can be accessed electronically in PDF format

ILO Resource Guide on the informal economy