Across the African continent, informal work is the main source of employment, accounting for 85.8%. (The figure stands at 40% across the Americas.) And across East Africa, women make up the majority of the share of informal employment in total (92.8 percent), while men aren’t too far behind (74.8 percent), according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). A growing, young population faces a dearth of training and employment opportunities, while at the same time commodities-based industries—such as agriculture, mining, and oil—do little to cultivate high-quality formal employment
In Kenya an estimated an estimate of 40% of small informal businesses have been forced to shut down due to low demand for goods and services, low sales, low income and difficulties in sustaining business cost.In a recent report, prepared by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, indicates that all the 133,657 lost jobs so far are in the formal sector and the number excludes employees on unpaid leave and those who have taken pay cuts.About 58.1% of Kenyans in informal employment have been affected.The informal sector accounts for 84% of total employment created by the economy (8 out of every 10 people in employment in Kenya works in the informal sector).
This is not only a local, country , continental but a global challenge