Research Report Women in Pakistan's Urban Informal Economy
Ammar A. Malik, Hadia Majid, Husnain Fateh, Iromi Perera
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In rapidly urbanizing developing countries, the prevalence large-scale informality within urban economies increases social vulnerabilities, stifles worker productivity and dampens regional economic growth. With the prospect of better jobs attracting millions into cities each year, rising urban poverty levels are encouraging international nonprofits to allocate greater resources toward urban programs. Our fieldwork in Pakistan reveals that above all else, urban informal workers require improvements in public service delivery, skillset development and collective bargaining capacity. We propose implementing future urban programs through an iterative learning, adaptation and implementation approach allowing nonprofits to leverage greater impact from finite resources.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being International development Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Families Workforce
Tags Workforce development Economic well-being International public administration and local government International social sector reform International urban development and the environment Job opportunities Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force Wealth inequality Mobility Unemployment and unemployment insurance Gender and international development Community and economic development