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The video act as an important educational tool for a wide variety of audiences—from researchers to policymakers to funders—to understand the importance of the informal economy and why there is an urgent need to provide greater security to the millions of informal workers around the world. 2015-11-12 19:09:00 GMT 2015-11-13 12:38:58 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed and fulfilled 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
Some work on their own account as single-person operators or heads of family businesses; and some are contributing family workers in those family businesses. Others earn wages in small, informal units or large, formal companies, or as domestic workers in households. Still, others are sub-contracted to produce goods or services, often from their own home.
The majority of non-agricultural workers in most regions of the developing world are engaged in the informal economy. When agriculture is added, the percentages are higher still. Also, a higher percentage of women workers than men workers are engaged in the informal economy.
Yet despite their numbers, the contributions of informal workers to local communities, cities, and the economy are not well recognized.
Some are chased away from their work places, have their goods confiscated, or see their homes demolished. Many work long hours without access to toilets or clean water. City planners do not take informal workers into account as they plan transport systems, set rates for water and electricity, or make rules about the use of public space.
What all informal workers have in common is that they lack social protection through their work. The net result is that the majority of informal workers are poor with low average wages and high costs and risks. The working poor in the informal economy will not be able to work their way out of poverty until they can earn more and their costs and risks are reduced.
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