Alternative ways to reach informal workers

The second issue focuses on alternative ways to reach informal workers, beyond social assistance (cash) support, drawing from the WIEGO’s social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis tracking database. We turn first to Brazil, and the example of waste pickers and extended producer responsibility (EPR), looking at how alternative economic relations may be leveraged to finance further social protection for informal workers. Morocco, our second case study, provides an example of efforts to adapt social insurance to reach the informal economy. The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to push for the inclusion of informal workers into social insurance schemes in the long term, and the adaptation of such schemes to meet informal workers' needs and budgets.