Robots may not be taking all our jobs, but they are changing profoundly the way we work. Take the European Union (EU), where jobs are increasingly about “non-routine cognitive” and “interpersonal…

Christian Bodewig |

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Eduardo Velez Bustillo, George Psacharopoulos |

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…

Harry A. Patrinos |

We all hear about the importance of “socio-emotional skills” when looking for a job. Employers are said to be looking for individuals who are hardworking, meet deadlines, are reliable, creative,…

Saori Imaizumi |

Eugenia enjoying a music lesson together with preschool children in the Bulgarian village of Litakovo. (Photo: Daniel Lekov / World Bank)
In Bulgaria, where just 15 percent of Roma children…

Daphna Berman |

An early childhood development center in Indonesia. (Photo: Angela Kinnell) 250 million children under the age of five in the developing world are failing to reach their full development potential…

Amer Hasan, Raquel Leslie, Nozomi Nakajima |

Mongolian    Mother and son in front of their family ger. (Photo: Khasar Sandag / World Bank) International Children’s Day is celebrated in Mongolia as an official holiday. I could see that it…

Rabia Ali, Pagma Genden |

Three key factors are constraining learning and employability in India. (Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank) The last 15 years have witnessed the largest global expansion of tertiary education in…

Francisco Marmolejo, Tara Beteille |

A new study finds that child marriage could cost developing countries trillions of dollars by 2030, with the largest economic cost coming from its impact on fertility and population growth.…

Quentin Wodon, Suzanne Petroni |

With trends such as automation causing fundamental shifts in the labor market, research is increasingly looking at the value of non-cognitive skills or socioemotional skills. (Photo: Trinn…

Raja Bentaouet Kattan |