A kick-off meeting was held for the research project “Increasing the Political Leverage of Informal and Formal Workers’ Organizations for Inclusive Development: The cases of Ghana and Benin” in Cotonou (Benin) from 8 to 9 December 2014 (click here to see report). The research project, which is led by Dr Mayke Kaag of the African Studies Centre, focuses on the role and impact of trade unions and informal workers’ organizations in Ghana and Benin in promoting decent work for informal workers.
The research is currently in its first phase – the mapping of four strategies of collaboration between informal and formal workers’ organizations; these four strategies are:
The interviews for the mapping started in the first week of February and are being conducted by Kassim Assouma in Benin and Clara Osei-Boateng in Ghana, the latter in remote collaboration with Zjos Vlaminck. The mapping will help in selecting two fields of observation in Ghana and Benin, where a combination of quantitative survey and qualitative research will be applied. The two fields of observation will be selected at the end of March.
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