The informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
The main findings from this study reveal that:
- there is a decline or stagnation in formal employment opportunities
- there is an increase in informal sector activities, sometimes outnumbering formal sector activities
- and there is an increasingly important contribution by the informal economy to a countrys GDP.
- women are highly active in the informal economy, often forming the majority and are over-represented in low- income activities and under-represented in higher income activities.
The paper also offers a description of a number of innovative and successful policies and programmes for workers and enterprises in the informal economy.