Promoting employment is one of the key factors for tackling poverty and supporting economicgrowth. Governments around the world are facing the challenge of how to manage rising unemployment and identify the most suitable strategies for promoting productive employment. A variety of approaches are used to support employment growth ranging from macro-economic policies to more localized active labour market strategies. In developing countries, the situation is made more complex by a growing number of young people entering the labour market for the first time and the lack of formal sector employment opportunities. This presents serious challenges for governments in the developing and developed world.
CEI has helped shape debates around employment and supported the development of strategies for tackling unemployment and underemployment in a number of developing countries. Markets alone cannot solve unemployment or create quality jobs. Instead there is a need for government to work with stakeholders in a pro-active and strategic manner to facilitate investment and support employment creation. CEI has helped governments in a number of countries to improve synergies between trade and investment policies, and policies for skills development and employment. CEI has also advised governments on how to develop regulatory frameworks for enterprises and SME growth, including support for entrepreneurship and self-employment.
CEI has undertaken a number of studies for the ILO and supported their decent work agenda. Amongst the recent assignments, include an extensive study on the informal and formal
employment sectors in Sudan. In addition, CEI has done a study on the growth strategies followed by the East Asian Tigers and a hand-book on sector-based approaches for employment. On a more
practical level staff at CEI have worked with governments in South Africa and Botswana to develop mechanisms for ensuring closer synergies are achieved through strategies for economic development, skills development, and inclusive growth.