20.01.2012

Publication on Nepal’s Informal Economy


In 2011, the Political Science graduate Florian Sigmund spent 4 mont  hs at AWO International’s Regional Office South Asia. Among other tasks, he also prepared a study on Nepal’s informal economy for the office in view of the fact that many of the beneficiaries of AWO International’s project interventions in South Asia are to be found working under informal work conditions and that future project interventions in South Asia shall even more focus on the challenges that the informal economy poses to South Asia’s poor and marginalised, especially in urban contexts.

The study looks into conceptual problems when dealing with such terms as ‘informal sector’ or ‘informal economy’, gives interesting insights into the state of affairs of Nepal’s informal economy (making comprehensive use of the scarce data that is available), analyses the decent work deficit prevalent in Nepal’s (informal) economy, and discusses the special case of home based workers in the country. AWO International’s Regional Office South Asia would like to thank Florian Sigmund for his diligent research on Nepal’s informal economy and for the preparation of a study that is most relevant to its work. We wish the study a wide readership!


All views in this study are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of AWO International.