Informal Workers, Enterprises, and Cities: Addressing Informality in South Asia
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kennedy Room, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
South Asia is home to one third of the world’s poor – most of whom eke out a living in the informal economy. What do we know about the informal economy in South Asia today, its size and composition? What are the links between the formal and informal economies? How do city governments respond to informality? What do informal workers need and want? Should South Asia pioneer an inclusive approach to informality that encourages economic diversity and combines formal-informal, traditional-modern economies in innovative ways? This session will explore current and future work of Harvard faculty, students and other leading scholars on these questions.
Faculty lead: Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing