The Commonwealth Secretariat recently published a study entitled Mapping Sector Skills Development across the Commonwealth. The broad objectives of this study are to map approaches to sector skills development across 16 Commonwealth member countries and to explore the different approaches that are used. In doing so the the study identified the structures that been utilised, the different functions they they perform, and how they relate to the broad processes associated skills development and reform. Read more?
South Africa Study
The Human Science and Research Council have recently published the first annual report on skills supply and demand for skills in South Africa. This report is a product of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership Project (LMIP), funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The contents of the report provide an important resource to inform investment for future planning and provision of education and training. Read more?
The economic stagnation that presently characterizes most advanced capitalist economies is unusual. While there have been periods during the post-war years of slow growth and contractions in output, they have normally resulted from attempts to control inflation, and once it had been tamed recovery was robust. The situation today is very different, not only because the bulk of advanced economies are affected simultaneously, but because the stagnation is a consequence of a huge financial crisis that has brought a “balance sheet depression”. A strong recovery is predicated on reducing private sector debt, and this is a complex process. Moreover, there are different ways in which it may be achieved, and some are much more effective and efficient than others. The governments of most advanced countries are adopting the least effective and efficient policies, and, if they continue to do so, slow growth and high unemployment are likely to be long enduring…. continue reading
In today‟s globalized world, employer‟s demands for human resources and skilled workers are constantly evolving. In response governments must have successful and agile means of managing their national human resources and promoting development; the use of sector strategies based on labour market analysis has proved a successful option for many countries to do so. However, there is limited research on how countries at different stages of development create and deploy sector based policies. This study provides empirical evidence for the International Labour Organization‟s (ILO) Sector (SECTOR) department on how developed and middle income countries approach the whole process of sector based development… continue reading
Every January just before the start of the new school year, parents in Kenya and across Africa often face a huge headache: purchasing textbooks and school uniforms for the school year ahead. Textbooks are prohibitively expensive and often unavailable for many parents struggling to provide their children with a quality education.
In May 2016, I visited a refugeed camp in northern Iraq, where together with colleagues, I toured an NGO-run school that offers children a chance to be in safe space where learning and thinking about their hopes and dreams is possible. A young woman followed us around the school throughout the tour, watching us and […]
The facts relating to learning outcomes in many countries in the Africa region are depressing and the challenges are immense. But there is a growing body of new evidence from countries across Africa that points to lessons that can be learned about what has worked to improve learning. Together with my co-authors, Sajitha Bashir, Marlaine […]
My nephew Reuben was born on December 9, 2017. Reuben is a member of generation Alpha, a cohort that is younger than smartphones, cryptocurrency, and synthetic human cells. Reuben was born in Australia only a few short months after Sophia became the first robot citizen of Saudi Arabia. Reuben will take his first steps in […]