7. Informal Economy Department

Salad Abdullahi Head of Informal Economy Department


The department is responsible for coordinating associations within the informal economy in the nation. It also plays a role in formulating policies that address the rights of self-employed individuals and those with uncertain wages in microenterprises, with the aim of ensuring:

  • Ensuring the right to freedom of association, particularly as many of these workers are often prohibited from organizing under local or national laws.
  • Ensuring the possibility of engaging in collective bargaining in various forms.
  • Offering guidance on broadening the application of labor laws to encompass categories of workers that have been excluded, and/or amending labor regulations to encompass these workers.
  • Ensuring their organizations’ inclusion in institutions of social dialogue and policy formulation.
  • Regulating employment arrangements that create distinctions in treatment and outsourcing.
  • Carrying out the principles outlined in Recommendation 204.
  • Establishing a minimum wage that can be requested.

The department also collaborates closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the government, and the Somali Employer Association to implement national initiatives targeting youth and women throughout the country. It suggests strategies to leadership for generating employment opportunities and promoting decent work