In Africa, WIEGO conducted policy research and mapping of home-based workers in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt in 2012-13 as part of an initiative aimed at Strengthening Home-Based Workers. In 2014, working with WIEGO’s Global Trade Programme and its Fair Trade project partners, WIEGO started a dialogue together with home-based workers representatives and key allies from the three African countries in Nairobi, Kenya.
Activities continue in the region to strengthen communications and sharing of experiences among organizations. On 17-21 March, 2019, 42 participants from home-based workers’ organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa gathered at the Savelberg Retreat Centre in Nairobi for the Kenya National HBW Workshop and the HBW Africa Regional Meeting. During the meeting, discussions centered around the registration of a national network of Kenyan Home-Based Workers, and building and strengthening of HBW organizations from the countries represented (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Africa) and in Africa.
In Kenya, plans towards the formalization of the Home Based Workers Network-Kenya has seen the interim registration of the network, development and approval of a constitution and currently the identification of an interim leadership team. The Working Group will be holding a leadership Training that will amongst others plan for the Launch of the HBWs Network.
In Uganda nineteen organizations are organized around the five regions of Kampala city.