Informal sector

While the advantages of working in the informal economy are often well-publicised – avoiding tax etc – there are also numerous downsides. Informal workers are often subjected to extremely heavy workloads, unsociable hours, ‘attached’ labour, unhealthy conditions, lack of skills and inability to access training, lack of formal written contracts that provide accountability, harassment and discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, gender, or locality, and fragile job security.

Though the decline in tourism during the conflict has left many informal workers redundant, there is positivity that once the conflict is resolved, tourist workers skilled in hospitality can attract tourists once again. Meanwhile, HITT Mali is providing trainings so that informal workers can improve the competitiveness of their current occupation in order to increase their income.