Unlike many other models that target waste collectors in the informal economy, this model leverages an ICT application, which ensures workers receive fair market prices for their work, while also creating platforms for advocacy to improve working conditions for what has traditionally been an unsafe and hazardous job.
Makerspace has the potential of disrupting the current model of low-value, high-risk (in other words, dangerous work for little pay) standards for e-waste practices, while also creating social resilience by creating interclass connections and tapping the expertise and networks of local STEM professionals.
It is a replicable process that takes a participatory approach to risk protection that could catalyze a shift in how workspace regulation is approached in informal communities worldwide.
DUMA is a social job matching service for emerging markets. Igniting existing dynamics, DUMA brings transparency to the otherwise murky process of both finding jobs and finding reliable employees in the informal sector by transforming the word-of-mouth hiring system into a network-based platform.
Naya Jeevan has the potential to provide large numbers of people worldwide with an affordable, accessible option to health care. For less than $2 per month/per person, any individual or organization can enroll, and by investing in insurance for informal workers, a business’s participation not only supports the worker, it boosts the entire health service system.
JobMatch creates greater access to labor markets, transforming opaque systems that exclude the average worker in the informal economy to transparent systems that improve the livelihoods the most vulnerable workers. The cutting edge Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service can generate even broader usage, thus increasing access to relevant jobs for illiterate populations.
Connexion Sans Frontiers, in partnership with telecom providers, offers a low-cost SMS solution for micro-insurance. The ability to accept payments via SMS technologies, an inexpensive, accessible medium, could greatly expand informal workers’ access to insurance options.
MamaCarts introduces a new value chain for food vendors with triple benefits: more stable jobs, better sanitation practices, and higher nutritional value at market costs.
Integrated mobile solution which enables smallholder farmers to overcome traditional market barriers linked to the warehouse receipt system.
It makes "urban slavery" a noticed situation within a number of industries and economic activities. The platform utilizes mobile and online technologies to process, geolocate and integrate anonymous complaints concerning slave labor in urban areas and mobilizes and engages key actors around the need to create dramatically improved working conditions for this population.