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
At the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia, the World Bank highlighted the importance of human capital for economic development. Central to the World Bank’s motivation for the Human Capital Project is evidence that investments in education and health produce better-educated and healthier individuals, as well […]
“African participants visit modern container port in Ningbo, China. Photo credit World Bank” This September I traveled to Beijing and Ningbo, China, to participate in the second Africa China World Bank Education Partnership Forum on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The Forum--co-hosted by the China Institute for Education Finance Research, Peking University, Ningbo […]
Also available in: Español | العربية Photo credit World Bank We are living in a learning crisis. According to the World Bank’s 2018 World Development Report, millions of students in developing countries are in schools that are failing to educate them to succeed in life. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, there are […]
In the first season of The Wire, an American crime drama television series, a young girl who lives in a poor and crime-ridden neighborhood asks Wallace, a teenaged drug dealer, for help with a math problem. It's a word problem that has multiple passengers getting on and off a bus and that asks how many […]