The knowledge products referenced on this page are either partially or fully funded from a grant provided by the Jobs Umbrella MDTF which is supported by the Department for International Development/UK AID, and the Governments of Norway, Germany, Austria, the Austrian Development Agency, and Swedish Development Agency SIDA.

Haitian Cities : Actions for Today with an Eye on Tomorrow

Access to jobs in large urban areas in Haiti. Today, more than half of Haiti’s population calls cities and towns their home, in a major shift from the 1950s when around 90 percent of Haitians lived in the countryside. Urbanization is usually paired with economic growth, increased productivity, and higher living standards, but in Haiti it has taken a different course. Potential benefits have been overshadowed by immense challenges, all of which require immediate action. To better understand the factors that constrain the sustainable and inclusive development of Haitian cities, this Urbanization Review organizes the challenges along three dimensions of urban development namely planning, connecting, and financing. Planning reviews the challenges in supporting resilient growth to create economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and livable cities. Connecting focuses on the obstacles of physically linking people to jobs and businesses to markets, while financing focuses on identifying the key capital, governance, and institutional constraints that are hurdles to successful planning and connecting.

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TWIST – Training Women in SolTuna

SolTuna, the Solomon Islands’ only tuna processing facility, has a strong commitment to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men in the workplace. Non-discrimination policies and practices are in place, and the company has taken proactive steps to support women workers and promote greater gender equality. Nonetheless, the company is operating in an environment of severe gender inequality, where businesses face considerable challenges in attracting and retaining the female human resources they need to operate and grow their business.

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Job Diagnostic – Côte D’ivoire

After a decade of crisis and stellar economic growth over the past five years, Côte d’Ivoire has now set its sight on becoming an emerging economy. Improving prospects for productive employment will be essential for socially sustainable growth and poverty reduction. The “Cote d’Ivoire Jobs Diagnostic: Employment, Productivity, and Inclusion for Poverty Reduction” report provides a comprehensive and multi-sectoral empirical analysis of employment challenges and opportunities to inform strategies and policy actions in Côte d’Ivoire. The report aims to expand policy discussions on employment from a focus on the number of jobs and unemployment to a broader attention on the quality, productivity and inclusiveness of jobs. It makes the case for a jobs strategy with a sharper poverty lens that would focus on raising labor productivity in agriculture and informal off-farm employment to foster structural transformation, while, in parallel, pursuing longer-term goals of expanding the thin formal sector.

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Big data analysis for new evidence‐based answers on the impact of labor and vocational training programs and the role of firms’ dynamics: Follow up research work on Skills and Jobs in Brazil

The grant finances the study of the impact of labor and vocational training programs and the role of firms’ dynamics on employment creation in Brazil. It is being done in partnership with think tanks and the government using the rarely available matched employer-employee panel data.   These are of policy interest in Brazil, as the economy faces negative growth and fiscal constraint which will challenge the momentum of the prior decade of expansion of employment, wages and formality.

The first of three papers under this grant — on vocational education and training of the poor – is attached here:

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Training Course on Measuring Violent Conflict

This training course develops the Conflict Exposure Module (CEM), incorporating the knowledge of leading experts. The CEM will build capacity among government agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations and researchers to complement standard household surveys in conflict-affected countries with questions featuring the causes, forms and consequence of violence. This will enhance generation of micro-data on violence in support of better research of the relation between livelihoods, employment and violence among other issues, and hence result in better policies.

The grant financed the development of the CEM module and the delivery of this module in a week long workshop. Details and presentations provided here:

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Global Goods –Youth Employment

Supporting the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Coalition– that links stakeholders in the private and public sectors and civil society–the grant finances activities aimed at gathering and exchanging knowledge and evidence; bringing together diverse stakeholders; and using knowledge to achieve high-impact programming for youth employment at scale.

The first activity in this grant has been completed, with the assembly, curation and exchange of evidence about youth employment issues globally and in specific countries, published in the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) flagship report, Towards Solutions for Youth Employment.

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