Working out of chronic poverty: a policy guide

The majority of chronically poor people are economically active but the poor quality of that work, including its low-pay, dangerous conditions, insecurity and irregularity means that this work frequently maintains people in poverty rather than enabling poverty escapes. This Policy Guide focuses on chronically poor workers in informal wage employment and how policies and programmes can improve the quantity and quality of that work. In particular, the guide argues that the challenge of increasing the quantity and improving the quality of work for chronically people is not one which can just be left to Ministries of Labour. It should be a concern of all ministries and departments. The guide focuses on certain policy areas; supporting internal migration; regulating labour contractors; voice and organisation and social protection as well as particular categories of chronically poor workers (agricultural wage labourers, construction workers, domestic workers and homeworkers).

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