Formalization of the economy is a complex and long term process that often requires to combine interventions on laws and regulations with those aiming to foster productivity and the ability to generate wealth. For part of the workforce, the reduction of decent work deficits is the first step toward a progressive formalization in the longer term. The significant reduction of informality in some countries illustrates that achieving results is largely possible.
All you need to know about Recommendation 204
International Labour Conference
At its 104th Session (2015), the ILC adopted R204, based on strong tripartite consensus and near unanimous vote, following a two-year process of consultations.
World Statistics Day
Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank
International Day of Rural Women
ILO Working Paper 11
13 October 2020
Why settle for recovery? A guidance note on building back better micro & small enterprises and resilient market systems during crisis and after lockdown
12 October 2020
Statistics on informality
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This publication provides for the 1st time comparable estimates on the size of the informal economy & a statistical profile of informality in all its diversity at the global and regional levels.
Courses and trainings
Policy resource package
How to develop viable policy options to address the multi-fold challenges of facilitating transitions to formality.
Courses designed to increase capacity of constituents to effectively collect data & to design, implement, monitor, evaluate formalization policies and strategies.