Project: Interregional Cooperation on the Measurement of Informal Sector and Informal Employment

14 Apr 2010

Interregional Cooperation on the Measurement of Informal Sector and Informal Employment was a multi-year and multilateral Development Account project. The project was implemented by ESCAP as the lead agency, in collaboration with ECLAC and ESCWA. The main objectives of the project were (i) to increase availability of data on informal sector and informal employment and (ii) to improve analysis of this data to calculate the contribution of informal sector to employment and to GDP.

The first component of the project was to raise awareness among the national statistics offices and other government agencies in the participating countries of importance of collecting and disseminating informal sector and informal employment data and incorporating it into employment and GDP estimates. The second component was to enhance capacity to collect, compile, analyze and disseminate informal sector and informal employment data complying with international methodological standards. The expected outputs were published informal sector and informal employment data and a country report covering data collection, compilation, dissemination and analysis experience throughout the project. The project also, contributed to the conceptual work on informal sector by proposing a standardized data collection strategy and producing internationally comparable data.

Workshops organized by implementing Regional Commissions:
>> Workshop on Interregional Cooperation on the Measurement of Informal Sector and Informal Employment, Bangkok, 3-4 December 2009
>> Regional Workshop on the Measurement of Informal Sector and Informal Employment, Bangkok, 30 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2009
>> Regional Workshop on Informal Sector Surveys in the Caribbean Subregion, Saint Lucia, 12-13 October 2009
>> Workshop on Informal Employment and Informal Sector Data Analysis, Tabulations and Country Reports, Bangkok, 28-29 May 2009
>> Workshop on Estimating Household Unincorporated Enterprises with some Market Production (HUEMs) and Informal Sector Value Added Using 1-2 Survey Data, Bangkok, 25-27 May 2009
>> Workshop on Informal Employment and Informal Sector Data Collection II: Evaluation, Processing and Utilization of Data from ‘1-2’ Surveys, Bangkok, 14-16 May 2008
>> Workshop on Informal Employment and Informal Sector Data Collection: Strategy, Tools and Advocacy, Amman, 13-15 April 2008
>> National Advocacy Workshop on Measurement of the Informal Sector and Informal Employment, Castries, 3 December 2007
>> Workshop on Informal Employment and Informal Sector Data Collection: Strategy, Tools and Advocacy, Bangkok, 19-21 September 2007