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.
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.
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-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.
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.