Report of regional conference of city authorities on homebased workers

Report of regional conference of city authorities on homebased workers

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Homebased Workers are among the most vulnerable of all urban informal workers. They work within or near their homes as own account (self-employed) or subcontracted workers. Because they work in their own homes, or in small workshops near their homes, not in public space , homebased workers generally remain invisible to the public and to the policy makers. They work in the bottom links of value/supply chains and are, in the worst cases, exploited by contractors and subcontractors. They are particularly invisible and isolated in urban locations, where they are often scattered and have very little contact with one another. Moreover, unlike most rural homebased workers, they do not have agricultural employment or local sources of sustenance that they can rely on.