Having hovered around 10 percent for over 20 years, female labor force participation (FLFP) in urban Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. To investigate why, our teams met with groups of…

Silvia Redaelli, Noor Rahman |

COVID-19 has accelerated efforts to rapidly develop online delivery models for learning, skills building, and mentoring. But many youth living in low bandwidth areas have no or limited access to…

Namita Datta, Kasia Jakimowicz, Sunamika Singh |

A new study compares a soft skills focused business training versus a hard skills curricula for secondary school youth in Uganda. Both were quite successful in improving skills and income.

Markus Goldstein |

The COVID-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on the global economy, with world output falling by 3.5 percent year-on-year in 2020.

Johanne Buba, Hannah Uckat, Leonardo Iacovone, Denis Medvedev |

To stand at the frontier of development, Malaysia will need to tackle the complex task of creating more high-quality jobs for all its people.

Achim Schmillen, Amanina Abdur Rahman |

This reading list is based on the April 2021 edition of the Knowledge4Jobs newsletter, curated by the World Bank’s Jobs Group and Labor & Skills Global Solutions Group.

Stéphane Hallegatte, Catrina Laura Godinho, Kevwe Pela |

Informal activity is widespread in emerging market and developing economies.

Shu Yu, Dana Vorisek |

Digital jobs are opening up important new work opportunities for youth with disabilities in developing countries. The COVID‒19 pandemic has accelerated the expansion of jobs which offer…

Namita Datta, Sunamika Singh |

Obtaining data on the state of business establishments is a crucial part of building evidence to support economic policy in any country. In a fragile context such as South Sudan’s, this is…

Arden Finn, Jan von der Goltz, Isaiah Chol Aruai |

The Government of Sri Lanka has embarked on a highly anticipated digital transformation journey to help the general public and businesses fill and submit relevant information and documents…

Junko Narimatsu, Aneesa Mendis, Jagath Seneviratna |