Confronting the Jobs Impacts of COVID-19 Blog Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted jobs and economies around the world, especially in Low Income Countries (LICs) that have rudimentary public health networks, fragile economies, and inadequate social protection systems.
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Mobilizing Development Lending to Create More and Better Jobs Blog Series

To support the integration of jobs into development lending, the Jobs Umbrella Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Jobs MDTF) launched in 2019 the Supporting Effective Jobs Lending at Scale (SEJLS) program. SEJLS builds on large scale WBG lending operations improving the consistency of jobs-relevant components and estimation of jobs outcomes.
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In 2020, Jobs Group extended the Jobs Multi-donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to Phase Two with support from the donors and the Jobs Steering Committee (JSC). In this phase, Jobs MDTF retains its original objectives of supporting high impact jobs strategies and advancing the global knowledge on effective policy solutions and expands its horizon to support large scale operationalization of the jobs agenda in the WBG. The fund was restructured into three windows that reflect the updated objectives, window 1 on Jobs Lending at Scale; window 2 on Measurement agenda; and window 3 on Influence through Partnership and Innovation. In 2021, Jobs MDTF advanced work under the three windows and this annual report summarizes key achievements across different work streams.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: World Bank Innovation Challenge on Jobs & Migration

The World Bank’s Rome Jobs and Labor Mobility Center will soon announce a request for proposals for the Innovation Challenge on Jobs & Migration. The call aims to build evidence around effective solutions that maximize the economic and jobs benefits from safe, orderly, and regular migration. The Center will award up to four contracts with a value in the rage of US$250,000 to US$350,000 each. In addition, it will support the studies through feedback sessions that will take place in Rome, Italy, and will provide platforms for dissemination.

WEBINAR: Global Perspective on Coal Jobs & Managing Labor Transition out of Coal

Coal remains a major part of economies and communities, and thus, transitioning away from it presents many challenges. This webinar will present the main findings of this new global report which:

  • Takes stock of progress in coal phase-out around the world
  • Identifies reasons why some countries are scaling up coal mining while others are scaling back
  • Provides in-depth analysis of the role of coal jobs in local and national labor markets in Indonesia, South Africa, and India


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Jobs Undone: Reshaping the Role of Governments Toward Markets and Workers in MENA

The report presents new evidence on the labor market, examines the key challenges facing private sector development that is crucial for job creation, and offers policy recommendations for how MENA governments can overcome continuing labor market stagnation.

The report uses two rounds of World Bank Enterprise Surveys (WBES) and data on key features of product market regulations available for the first time for the MENA region. The report also includes case studies of seven young entrepreneurs to present a new perspective on the challenges facing private sector development that is crucial for job creation.


Jobs and Structural Change Blog Series

This blog series presents and deepens key global findings from the Jobs Group of the World Bank on Jobs and Structural Change in the context of Jobs Diagnostics.
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Jobs Diagnostics: Data, Tools and Guidance

This resource contains disaggregated and comparable global jobs indicators for all countries for which the World Bank has standardized labor variables from household surveys. It also includes the latest data tools and guidelines produced by the World Bank’s Jobs Group for country Jobs Diagnostics and our latest reports and standardized outputs.

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Jobs Diagnostics and Solutions Practitioners Network

The Jobs Diagnostics and Solutions Practitioners Network is a knowledge sharing and learning platform for officials, development practitioners, researchers, and World Bank Group staff involved in developing cross-sector jobs strategies for countries, regions, and municipalities.

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The Global Jobs Indicators Database (JoIn) presents – for 150 countries- more than 60 of the standardized labor supply indicators which are most commonly used in country Jobs Diagnostics.

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Jobs Group Publications

Jobs Group publications are segmented into four products: Jobs Series, Jobs Notes, Jobs Working Papers, and Jobs Guides. These publications feature the World Bank’s latest work on jobs and economic transformation, including analytical country-focused reports, lessons learned from Bank operations and research, and practical toolkits and guidelines for development professionals working on jobs projects.
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Jobs Guides contain practical toolkits and guidelines for project managers, economists, researchers, and other development professionals working on jobs projects. They aim to provide action-oriented guidance for practitioners or policymakers to apply to their work.

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Jobs and Economic Transformation in the face of COVID-19

Jobs can provide critical support to people and economies during a global pandemic. Yet in the world’s poorest countries— served by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA)—the need for jobs was high even before COVID-19. Around 20 million jobs needed to be created each year for the next decade, just to keep pace with youth entering the labor market.

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This jobs reading list highlights the growing literature on the causal channels of COVID-19 impacts in labor markets.

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