#28 Six months after the COVID-19 outbreak: How did workers in four African countries fare?

Photo: World Bank Authors: Ivette Maria Contreras-González, Gbemisola Oseni, Amparo Palacios-Lopez, Janneke Pieters and Michael Weber Labor markets continue to be a key transmission channel of the economic impact of COVID-19. As a result, tracking the trends in labor markets is paramount to gaining a better understanding of the economic impacts of the pandemic. Proper…

#25 COVID-19 highlights the urgency of TVET reforms

Photo credit: Dana Smillie / World Bank Authors: Margo Hoftijzer, Victoria Levin, and Michael Weber This blog is also available in French and Spanish.   [bctt tweet=”The scale of the COVID-19 disruption to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been truly astounding.” username=””] In our May 2020 blog, we predicted that TVET would particularly suffer…

#24 Developing countries introduced an unprecedented social protection and jobs policy response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic

Photo credit: Paul Salazar / World Bank   Authors: Michael Weber and David Newhouse [bctt tweet=”The COVID-19 crisis has led to massive job losses and labor market disruption in developing countries.” username=””]  Unlike the global financial crisis, both voluntary and mandated restrictions on mobility have directly affected labor markets. The scale of labor market disruption…

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#23 How digital solutions can ease the COVID-19 impact on displaced populations

Photo:  Li Wenyong / World Bank   Authors: Jana Kuhnt and Kirsten Schuettler Displaced people face many challenges when integrating into the labor market in their host communities. They are also more likely than the host population to be employed in sectors that are highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as manufacturing, accommodation, and food services. And [bctt…