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Tacking informal employment in Asia: building post-COV19 solutions to precariousness through case-study based evidence on Bhutan, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

Objective

According to the last WESO report, there are over 1.4bn workers in vulnerable jobs worldwide, with numbers expected to rise in 2020 due to COVID-19. Several attempts have been made at both domestic and international levels to address these concerns. This includes efforts through the Sustainable Development Goals process, which includes a specific statistical indicator to measure informal employment (8.3.1), the formulation of SDG8 (decent work) and SDG9 (sustainable industrialization). Across countries and world regions, the degree to which SDGs have been used to address youth issues and inform national policies varies significantly. Indeed, in spite of the fact that the great majority of states have formally committed to addressing the SDGs, including those related to insecure employment, there is little evidence to indicate that developing regions currently have the capacity to systematically study the problems if informal employment and vulnerability in ways that facilitate the development and implementation of concrete viable solutions. This is due, in our view, to two major challenges. First, although a number of approaches that have been used inside the EU, there has been little, if any, attempt to adapt the existing framework elsewhere. Second, no systematic review of anti-precariousness policy has been attempted beyond the EU region. LABOUR is a research and training programme designed to address the above-mentioned shortfalls of research and development approaches with particular attention to a region where this is particularly worrying concern. Informal employment in Asia is estimated to account for 68.2% of the active population. By gathering a team of 14 participants that includes academic and non-academic partners working on labour insecurity, we aim not only at producing specialists on the topic and on the region but also at proposing concrete mitigation measures that can be taken into account by decision-makers and development organisations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

TALLINN UNIVERSITY
Address
Narva Road 25
10120 Tallinn
Estonia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 220 800

Participants (6)

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 248 400
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA DE STAT DIN MOLDOVA
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 248 400
Address
Str A Mateevici 60
2009 Chisinau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 248 400
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 248 400
Address
Avenida Das Forcas Armadas
1649 026 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 220 800
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MARMARA UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 110 400
Address
Goztepe Kampusu Kuyubasi
81040 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (7)

CHITHUEN PHENDEY ASSOCIATION
Bhutan
Address
Po Box 1490
11001 Thimphu
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Vietnam
Address
63 Hang Trong Street Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Activity type
Research Organisations
PAMBANSANG KILUSAN NG MGA SAMAHANGMAGSASAKA (PAKISAMA) INC
Philippines
Address
Rm 207 Partnership Center 59 C Salvador St Varsity Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City
Activity type
Other
CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY
Thailand
Address
Phyathai Road 254 Pathumwan
10330 Bangkok
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE AGENCY
Laos
Address
Ban Phonphanoa Saysetha District
856 Vientiane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHARITY-ORIENTED MYANMAR
Myanmar/Burma
Address
No 1 B, Zawtika Housing, Layhtauntkan Road
MM11071 Yangon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DHIVEHI RAAJEYGE QAUMEE UNIVERSITY
Maldives
Address
Rahdhebai Hin'gun Machchangolhi
20372 Male
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments