“The Challenge of Job Creation under Demographic Transitions” is a two-week course offering a unique learning experience on how employment is being transformed in today's post-crisis and rapidly changing environment. The course identifies key labor market challenges within the context of overall poverty reduction and other economic and social development goals, and explores what policy makers and others can do about them. It builds on the latest research findings by the World Bank and other academic and research institutions, as well as on practical lessons learned from country experiences. The content of the course will focus specially on developing and transition countries. The course will feature parallel sessions, focusing separately on labor issues in low-income and middle income countries. This structure will allow a more in-depth exploration of the policy options for each setting. Participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss challenging labor market issues in their own country, and work toward solutions with other participants and experts.
Course Description & Agenda
The course adopts a mix of learning methods, including presentations based on the latest World Bank knowledge, case studies of country reforms, team-based exercises, role-play, and hands-on experience with the latest modeling tools. The course is taught by experts from the World Bank, top academic and research institutions, and other leading agencies. This course comprises five inter-related and complementary modules:
Understanding Labor Markets
Supporting Self-employment and Entrepreneurship
Improving access to Wage Employment
Balancing Flexibility and Security: Labor Market Institutions
The course is designed for senior policymakers, technical staff of government agencies, researchers from academic organizations, training institutions, trade unions, employer groups and NGOs involved with labor issues in client countries, as well as operational staff from the World Bank and from bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. The content of the course will be of interest not only to Labor Ministries but also to those with responsibility for economic policy, industry and education. To build institutional capacity, we encourage interested countries to nominate a team of participants engaged in design, implementation and evaluation of labor policy and related programs.
The course will be conducted entirely in English and therefore a good command of English is required.
How Has The Course Been Evaluated By Previous Participants?
The course has been evaluated independently by the evaluation unit of the World Bank Institute, using several methods including a level 1 evaluation (based on participants’ self-assessment and satisfaction), and a level 2 evaluation (through the pre- and post-test to assess actual learning gains from the course). The course received high marks and has been well appreciated by a varied audience that generally come from developing countries (60%), World Bank staff (15%) and staff from development agencies, donors and developed countries (25%).
The following are quotes from previous years’ participants of the course:
“Inspiring course with great applied example to which we could connect.”
“Liked the balance of ‘theoretical insights’ and ‘applied’ issues.”
“It was a great experience and a chance to meet wonderful people from around the world. This is the first time I attended a course that long since I graduated yet it was fun and a great learning process.”
“Presenters are approachable, enhance interactivity and stimulate debates.”
“Policy implications of findings are very useful to direct country work.”
“Drawing on rich experience from different speakers from across the world, country specific illustrations and references in addition to informative content added much value to the learning.”