Access to finance was the major constraint to starting or growing a household enterprise. Photo: Odette Maciel Non-farm household enterprises provide an important opportunity for employment in…

Julia Granata, Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Odette Maciel, Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad |

The key to breaking the vicious circle is the first move. This is the first, often bold step into the unknown. It comes with the realization that things need to be shaken up to overturn the…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |

Asking how migrants themselves see the difference may further help understand why they often move to towns, while the income levels and amenities are higher in the cities. (Photo: Hendri Lombard…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |

These are some of the insights emerging from the in-depth conversations with 75 migrants from rural Kagera, Tanzania which are recounted here in a 3-blog series. This first blog focuses on the…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |

Also available in: French | Spanish | Chinese | Arabic Many good job opportunities on and off the farm remain in agriculture. Can agriculture provide job opportunities for youth?  Technology and…

Luc Christiaensen |

Since 2008, the share of manufacturing in GDP across Africa has stagnated at around 10%, calling into question if African economies have undergone structural transformation vital to sustained…

Francois Steenkamp, Christopher Rooney |

Photo: Tomislav Georgiev / World Bank Exponential increases in automation, computerization and digitization is having a profound impact on many people’s jobs. Branko Milanovic’s recent work on…

Roma Keister, Piotr Lewandowski |

We need to make sure that older workers and those already in the work force have the skills to take advantage of technological change. The ongoing debate on how advancing technology impact the…

Piotr Lewandowski, Radhicka Kapoor, Siddhartha Raja |

The IBS research institute in Poland has analyzed how the nature of the labour market had changed since the country transformed in the 1990s. Those who were born in the 1970s and 1908s have been…

Piotr Lewandowski |

Adults lacking sufficient computer skills have a lower chance of finding employment. The recent PIAAC survey of adult skills by the OECD finds that adults without computer experience or those who…

Maciej Jakubowski |