Livelihoods and microenterprise

A growing share of the world’s population is starting to derive their main income through digital means. These ‘iWorkers’ sit between the formal and informal sectors, gaining some of the advantages of formality yet still lacking many of its protections and benefits. Innovations in the digital economy can be shaped to create more and better quality employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for individuals and MSMEs, and inclusive growth for national and regional economies.

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iWorkers – a new bellwether of the digital economy?

How inclusive is the digital economy really? In this piece, Founder & Chair David Porteous proposes a leading indicator of the answer: namely, the financial health of ‘iWorkers’