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The World Bank works in partnership with a variety of organizations such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) on various key labor market issues.

Jobs Knowledge Platform ¦The Global Partnership for Youth Employment ¦ ILO ¦ Youth Employment Inventory ¦ UN Interagency Network on Youth Development ¦ IZA

Jobs Knowledge Platform

The Jobs Knowledge Platform was created by The World Bank and its partners to help practitioners and policy makers around the world as they look for practical solutions to expand job creation and improve job opportunities. Using interactive online content, multimedia experiences, knowledge exchange, and live events, the JKP aims to engage participants and find solutions to create and improve jobs worldwide.

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The Global Partnership for Youth Employment

The Global Partnership for Youth Employment builds and disseminates evidence on youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East by fostering new research, policy dialogue, and capacity building of local stakeholders. Members of the partnership include Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), the Youth Employment Network (YEN) - both interagency initiatives between the World Bank, ILO and the UN - the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), and the International Youth Foundation (IYF). To reach its objectives, the partnership supports:

  • Studies on youth employment issues and policies to inform policymakers;
  • Impact evaluations of youth employability programs;
  • Tools and workshops to promote effective monitoring and evaluation of programs;
  • Local government programs serving disadvantaged youth in the Middle East;
  • Events to promote evidence-based policy dialogue on youth employment issues;

The partnership is funded by the World Bank's Development Grant Facility.
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The ILO and the World Bank are collaborating in various areas of labor market and employment issues.

Collaboration on Crisis-related Work
The World Bank and the ILO have joined forces on crisis related work, particularly focusing on:

  • Work on aggregate trends and imputation
  • Analysis of the distributional impacts of the crisis
  • Inventory of policy interventions

Joint ILO-WB Workshop on “The Impacts of the Financial Crisis on Employment”

Joint Publications
Joint ILO-WB Report 2013: Spanish (7mb pdf)|| English 5.1mb pdf)
Globalization, Wages, and the Quality of Jobs (Robertson et al)

Inventory of Policy Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis (4.6mb pdf)

Joint ILO-WB Capacity Building Activities

Regional Labor Market Courses

Regional courses serve as learning experiences for policy makers and stakeholders in better understanding various labor market issues in specific regional contexts.

Joint ILO-World Bank Course on Promoting Job Quality and Productive Employment in the Middle East & North Africa
In October 2010, the World Bank and the ILO held a joint course wth the main objective to support the adoption of more effective and inclusive labor market and employment policies, taking into consideration of how these may apply or be adjusted to rapidly changing labor market realities in the region. In response to the vulnerability caused by widespread low-quality informal employment, the featured topic of the course was informality and the job quality challenge.

Joint ILO-World Bank Training Course “Coping with the Global Job Crisis in South East Europe”
In November/December 2009, the World Bank and the ILO held a joint course with the objective of better understanding the role of policies and institutions, and their interactions, for labor market performance and social inclusion in South-East Europe in the context of the global job crisis.

Joint ILO-WB Course for Francophone Africa
This course, held in January 2009, offered a learning experience for stakeholders from Francophone African countries to better understand the role of employment in a pro-poor growth strategy.

Youth Employment Inventory

The Youth Employment Inventory (YEI) is the first comprehensive global database to provide comparative information on youth employment interventions worldwide. With more than 300 youth employment programs from around 90 countries, the YEI documents program design, implementation, and achieved results.

This unique database has been built as an interactive, user-focused, living platform: it links stakeholders, Ministries, NGOs, implementing agencies, private corporate partnerships, and individuals active in the field of youth employment. The database allows its users to access program information and data on evaluation by country, region, type of intervention, level of evaluation, and impact. In addition practioners from across the globe can submit information on projects and share their experiences on what has worked and what has not. All users are welcome to post program information and documentation on this website; simply log on to input program information. This allows for constant real-time updates to the body of knowledge in youth employment, while giving programs a format for sharing information on successes and failures in program development and implementation. Browse Projects.

UN Interagency Network on Youth Development

The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) is a network consisting of UN entities, represented at the headquarters level, whose work is relevant to youth. The aim of the Network is to increase the effectiveness of UN work in youth development by strengthening collaboration and exchange among all relevant UN entities, while respecting and harnessing the benefits of their individual strengths and unique approaches and mandates. In the framework of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) and its 15 priority areas, the Network advocates for, supports and reviews progress on the implementation of UN Resolutions, Conventions and the internationally agreed development goals that are youth-related. The Network also contributes to increasing the understanding and visibility of the UN System’s work on youth development. In particular, the Network:

  • Provides a forum for cooperation and support;
  • Provides an opportunity for ongoing exchange of information on the UN system’s work on youth development, including through knowledge management initiatives and tools;
  • Strengthens and supports cooperation to promote youth development, through joint advocacy, initiatives and other forms of cooperation;
  • Draws on the members’ networks and relationships with governments, youth-led and youth-focused organizations, donor agencies, civil society organizations, multilateral organisations and others, to advance youth development;
  • Facilitates and supports youth involvement and participation in the UN System and its programmes or initiatives at all levels.

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To stimulate and promote research on employment and labor economics in developing countries, the World Bank and IZA initiated a work program on “Employment and Development” in 2006. Since then, the annual conference on Employment and Development has provided a platform for researchers and policy experts to discuss new research findings and identify areas in which further work is needed.

8th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (May 2013)

7th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (May 2012)

6th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (May 2011)

5th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (May 2010)

4th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (May 2009)

3rd IZA/World Bank Conference on Employment and Development (May 2008)


Friederike Rother, Operations Officer


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