Between 2011-12 and 2017-18, the number of home-based workers decreased significantly. The drop was greater than the drop in India’s total employment and was largely due to the significant decrease in the employment of women in home-based agricultural work.

The Homebased Workers Policy workshop was held on 7th and 8th March 2017, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and attended by participants at Annexe 1. The agenda is at Annexe 2.

A three-day long nonresidential training workshop on organizing & leadership for the identified HBWs in Dhaka city was organized at Radda MCH Centre Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This 3-day training has been facilitated by SEWA Academy, India. 

The training mainly focused on

DSK has been implementing the project entitled ‘World Class Cities for All’ in partnership with HomeNet South Asia Trust since 2013. The major objectives of the project are to create organizing, awareness raising and capacity building to home based workers of Chittagong city.

The workshop started with registration of the workshop. All together 41 participants (32 female and 9 male) from 7 countries registered for the workshop. The participants from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan represented HomeNet South Asia and Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia represented

The Second Advisory Board Meeting of HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) was held on the 11th and 12th of May, 2017, in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

This action research project has been carried out by Home Net South Asia with research  inputs from the Institute of Social Studies Trust.  The study teams in each country  included Zaitun Pathan, Shailaja Menon, Manaliben Shah from HomeNet India; Dilruba  Anguri,  Ahrita Shahid, Parool Islam,

In the South Asian region, women can play an important role in peace building activities by connecting to each other through their occupations. The ties women establish through their work within and between communities can resolve the inter-community conflicts. The unique initiative of Self

Regional Workshop on Home based workers in Asia:  Building a Regional Presence Mumbai, April 7th and 8th, 2008. The key objective of this workshop was to build solidarity and facilitate mutual learning and experience sharing in order to create a presence and a voice of networks of home based

HomeNet Nepal in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) India and Nepal office, Global Labour Institute, Geneva and HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) organized a workshop on “Towards Securer Lives: Advocacy for Social Protection for Home based workers in South Asia” on Feb 19th and 20th, 2007,

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

The meeting was attended by the 14 Advisory Board members or their proxies, 3 Trustees and some special invitees, as given in Annex 1. The  Agenda for the meeting is at Annex 2.

Sapna Joshi, Regional Coordinator of HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) welcomed all the Advisory Board members as well

home-based work included skilled artisan production and entrepreneurial activities as well as low-skilled manual work and survival activities. In recent decades, new forms of home-based work have emerged and today, home-based work encompasses a wide diversity. From traditional embroidery and

The joint Conference-Workshop was participated in by 39 representatives from five (5)South Asian countries, namely, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India and seven (7) Southeast Asia, namely, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam and Malaysia together with


HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) Group comprises of HomeNet South Asia Trust and Associations of Homebased Workers in South Asia. It is a regional network of organisations of homebased workers (HBWs).



This manual was written by Dave Spooner and edited by Celia Mather. Our special thanks go to the staff of WIEGO, HomeNet South Asia, the SEWA Academy, and GLI for all their information, advice and help

Homeworkers are part of a broader category of workers called home-based workers.  It  is the location or place of work that characterizes home-based workers. 

There are two main types of home-based workers. (i)  sub-contracted or piece rate workers and contributing family  members also

The 'key issues' studies of urban poor homebased workers in South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) and Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines) profiled below; were conducted as part of the Inclusive Cities project, with a focus on addressing urban