The perceived benefits of formalization include better access to credit, justice, large formal clients, and, for the government, higher tax revenues. But according to recent literature, most…

Jamele Rigolini, Juan Chacaltana |

A fruit and vegetable stand in Kampala. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank According to The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, Africa is forecasted to produce just 100 million new jobs by 2035, while…

Michelle Kaffenberger, Munshi Sulaiman, Dianne Calvi |

Women’s labor force participation worldwide over the last two decades has stagnated, and women generally earn less than men. (Photo: Tom Perry / World Bank) How can we Press For Progress —the…

Namita Datta |

Africa will have more people joining the labor force over the next 20 years than the rest of the world combined. Photo credit: World Bank For every software developer in the United States, there…

Esteve Sala |

Photo: Guillermo Barrios del Valle/Flickr In the Andean mountain range in the province of Arequipa, women can be found working on rural road maintenance projects. Meanwhile, back in the capital,…

Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Miriam Müller, Farima Alidadi |

Increasing the number of jobs publicly listed, enabling public and private institutions to better connect workers to jobs will not likely solve the jobs problem in developing countries. (Photo: …

Jacqueline Mazza |

Mexico created over 60, 000 jobs between 1993 to 2000 upgrading the apparel value chain from assembly to direct distribution to customers.  (Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World Bank) As we discussed…

Ruchira Kumar |

Global Value Chains are a win-win for firms that enjoy greater efficiency, productivity, and profits while they create better jobs (Photo by Jonathan Ernst / World Bank)   Global Value Chains (GVC…

Ruchira Kumar |

Even if the technologies are available, businesses and individuals often lack the necessary skills to use them. And these skill gaps exist at multiple levels. (Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank) As we…

Luc Christiaensen, Siddhartha Raja |