Workshop on Household Surveys and Measurement of Labour Force with Focus on Informal Economy

14-18 April 2008, Maseru, Lesotho
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Statistics Division, DESA


List of documents

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  List of Participants
33 KB
  Workshop Recommendations
9 KB
  Final Report
100 KB
Papers and Presentations
Opening Remarks
Gender issues and the incorporation of a gender perspective into statistical production and dissemination: Overview
2,667 KB
Overview of key gender issues in the labour force: African experiences
1,898 KB

Country presentations: Gender issues and the production of labour statistics

299 KB
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-South Africa
431 KB
The SNA Framework: Review and conceptual mapping of key gender issues
403 KB
Informal Sector: Key concepts and definitions; criteria for identifying enterprises in the informal sector
322 KB
  Informal Employment: Key concepts and definitions; conceptual framework to identify informal employees
see above
  Data collection programmes: Overview of data sources for the informal sector
159 KB
  The Statcom-Africa Working Group: Informal Sector and Informal Employment Measurement in African Countries
447 KB
  Design and Implementation of Labour force surveys, with a view to measuring all forms of women’s and men’s work, including informal employment
445 KB

Case studies of some surveys in SADC countries:

  -South Africa
462 KB
130 KB
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  Tabulation, presentation and dissemination: Highlighting gender issues
1,453 KB
  Identifying data needs through user-producer collaboration
285 KB
  NSS: Coordination
260 KB
  Labour statistics requirements for monitoring international frameworks on gender equality: The case of the African Gender and Development Index (AGDI)
550 KB
  Roundtable discussion:    
  Unemployment and complementary indicators of labour under-utilisation
20 KB
  Costs and benefits of annual labour force surveys
71 KB
  Towards harmonization of concepts and definitions for SADC countries
254 KB
  Building partnerships for the incorporation of gender in labour statistics: global and regional programmes    
  Global Gender Statistics Programme, United Nations Statistics Division
401 KB
  UNECA Regional Gender Statistics Programme, UN Economic Commission for Africa
310 KB
ILO supporting documents

ICLS resolutions and guidelines


Resolution concerning statistics of the economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment, adopted by the 13 th ICLS (1982)

  Resolution concerning statistics of employment in the informal sector, adopted by the 15 th ICLS (1993)
  Resolution concerning the measurement of underemployment and inadequate employment situations, adopted by the 16 th ICLS (1998)

Guidelines concerning treatment in employment and unemployment statistics of persons on extended absences from work, endorsed by the 16 th ICLS (1998)


Guidelines concerning a statistical definition of informal employment, endorsed by the 17 th ICLS (2003)


Checklist of good practices for mainstreaming gender in labour statistics, endorsed by the 17 th ICLS (2003)

Labour force

Ralf Hussmanns: Measurement of employment, unemployment and underemployment – Current international standards and issues in their application, in: Bulletin of Labour Statistics, 2007-1, Geneva, ILO, 2007


Ralf Hussmanns, Farhad Mehran, Vijay Verma: Surveys of economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment – An ILO manual on concepts and methods, Geneva, ILO, 1990


Bureau of Statistics, ILO: International Training Compendium on Labour Statistics, Module 1: Statistics of Employment, Unemployment, Underemployment: Economically Active Population, Geneva, ILO, 2003

Informal sector, informal employment

Ralf Hussmanns: Measuring the informal economy: From employment in the informal sector to informal employment, INTEGRATION Working Paper No. 53, Geneva, ILO, 2005


OECD, IMF, ILO, CIS STAT: Measuring the Non-Observed Economy – A Handbook, Chapter 10: Informal Sector Production, Paris, OECD, 2002


Adriana Mata-Greenwood: Incorporating gender issues in labour statistics, STAT Working Paper No. 99-1, ILO, Geneva, 1997