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Future of Work

A new industrial revolution is changing the way we produce, consume, and work. Which are the challenges and opportunities for the world of work in the Global South? Over the last decade, the developing world has produced much research and data to answer this question, but this knowledge is still fragmented, and not easily accessible. It is time to take stock of existing research, systematize it and shape it into narratives and policy frameworks specific to the Global South. This debate was created in partnership with the Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) Initiative.

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  • 28 February 2022
  • Post by Bayudan-Dacuycuy, Connie G.
Making crowdwork work through skills and training development

Labor platforms – new digital businesses that connect consumers with workers to provide a service – offer many benefits, but challenges to decent...

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  • 21 February 2022
  • Post by Zunino, Gonzalo
Technological change and the future of employment in Latin America

There are widespread concerns in many developed economies about the potentially damaging effects of new technologies on employment. But what if the...

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  • 14 February 2022
  • Post by Ganapathy, Ashitha
Digital platforms: the need to embed decent work and social protections

The adoption of emerging technologies and associated new business models has had a big impact on the world’s workforce. This column examines two...

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  • 24 January 2022
  • Post by Multiple
Automation and employment in Latin America

Many developed countries have experienced job polarization as occupations that require skills in the middle of the distribution have been replaced by...

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  • 08 November 2021
  • Post by Multiple
Will e-commerce revive Bangladesh’s artisanal economy?

How does a nation participate in the digital creative economy centered on individual entrepreneurship while acknowledging its legacy in collectives...

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  • 13 September 2021
  • Post by Haidar, Julieta
Labor platforms: a silver bullet for countries in the Global South?

Digital platforms that connect consumers with workers to provide services first emerged after the global financial crisis, and they have grown in...

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  • 06 September 2021
  • Post by Arunatilake, Nisha
Skills for future-proofing jobs in developing countries

Technological change and innovation are transforming labor markets, with profound implications for the profiles of available jobs, the skills...

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  • 28 August 2021
  • Post by De Sousa, Filipe Lage
Digital divide: internet access and the post-pandemic labour market

Access to the internet is rising fast across the globe. But the majority of people in developing countries are still excluded from digital...

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  • 23 August 2021
  • Post by Nathan, Dev
Global inequality and the knowledge divide

Overcoming the knowledge divide between countries is important for reducing global inequality. This column explores cross-country variations in...

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  • 16 August 2021
  • Post by The Founding Editors
Southern views on technology and the future of work

The shifting boundaries between tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines are attracting growing attention. This column – by...

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