Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Informality of Poverty


A serendipitous tag that always sticks to my mind is that of the informal economic sector - always there, invisible but necessary, and unsupported but functioning.

Much needs to be tagged to the sector - poverty alleviation, education and health, training and skill development, market development, but also social issues such as gender etc.

Recently, the informal sector also got mentioned in disaster management - how does the question of "business continuity" be asked of informal economic activities (when it is not recognized at all in the first place)? Considering that most of the people in the sector are from the lower economic rungs? No easy answers there, but needs exploring ...

See GDRC's programme page on the informal sector