Pioneered by the women's movement, interrogation of resource allocation within government budgets has proved to be a powerful policy analysis and advocacy tool. This component of the WIEGO / Inclusive Cities' work has adapted these techniques for the informal economy. The research outlines how government budgets address the needs and interests of informal workers, and also investigated what opportunities exist for informal workers, or their representatives, to participate at different stages of the budget process.
Budget analyses have been completed for Lahore in Pakistan, Quezon City in Philippines, Lima in Peru, and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Each case focuses on both the national budget and a city budget. In each case country researchers drafted detailed research reports.
- Salej, A. 2010. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Brazil and Belo Horizonte. Research Report, No. 2.
- Mumtaz, K. and Saleem, N. 2010. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Pakistan and Ravi Town, Lahore. Research Report, No. 3.
- Aliaga Linares, L. 2010. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Peru and Metropolitan Lima. Research Report, No. 4.
- Casanova-Dorotan, F. 2010. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Philippines and Quezon City. Research Report, No. 5.
Debbie Budlender drafted a consolidated synthesis of findings.
- Budlender, D. 2009. Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Brazil, Pakistan, Peru and Philippines. Research Report, No. 1.
Debbie Budlender, has also drafted a guide on how to conducted informal economy budget analyses. This guide is aimed at researchers and others who might like to undertake IEBAs in other cities and countries.