IMF SEMINAR Youth, Jobs, and Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa featuring ILO Regional Director for Arab States, Nada Al-Nashif
15 April 2011
The seminar addressed the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa region facing the need to generate faster and more inclusive growth that will create meaningful jobs. Unemployment, particularly among the youth, is already high, while growth remains well below that of the emerging market average. Popular uprisings that have swept across the region have also brought to the surface long-standing discontent with inequality and joblessness. Panelists discussed how policymakers can support inclusive growth, tackle joblessness and inequality. Panelists included, Nada Al-Nashif, Director, ILO Regional Office for Arab States, Wael Ghonim, Internet Activist, Rashid Khalidi, Professor, Columbia University, Mustapha Nabli, Central Bank Governor, Tunisia, and Dominique Strauss Kahn, Managing Director IMF. Abderrahim Foukara from Al Jazeera moderated the panel.
The Global Jobs Crisis: Sustaining the Recovery through Employment and Equitable Growth, Organized by The Brookings Institution
13 April 2011
Brookings hosted Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, for a discussion of the global economic crisis and strategies for spurring employment and promoting more equitable and balanced growth around the world. Other panelists included Stephen Pursey, Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the ILO, and George A. Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Prize recipient and the Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development, moderated the discussion.
31 March 2011
The World Bank’s Labor Markets Department offered a two week course on “Creating Jobs in a Post-Crisis World: Labor Market Policy” from March 28-April 8, 2011. This course examined post-crisis labor-market challenges and policy options for low-income and middle-income countries. It was designed particularly for individuals involved in labor policy and related programs. The ILO’s Washington Office Director, Nancy A. Donaldson, participated in a debate on Balancing Flexibility and Security in labor markets as part of the course. Such models, sometimes called “flexicurity,” exist in some countries in Europe and seek to be advantageous to both employers and workers. Her fellow panelists included Neil Gregory, adviser to the vice-president of the World Bank Group's Financial and Private Sector Development and Peter Bakvis, Director of the ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office.
When good policies lead to bad outcomes: A closer look at market and government failures, Organized by the World Bank Human Development Network
1 March 2011
The World Bank Human Development Network brought together experts and government officials from across the globe for a three day forum on The Human Face of Productivity: Pushing Frontiers in Health, Education, and Social Protection and Labor from February 28, 2011-March 2, 2011. Duncan Campbell, Director for Policy Planning in Employment of the ILO participated in a panel on how government policies have affected worker productivity. Other speakers included Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania, and Mike Campbell, Research and Policy, UK Commission. They discussed the challenges of designing and implementing policies to improve worker productivity and presented examples of best practices of reform.
Social Security at a Crossroads: Global Trends and Innovations, Sponsored by AARP Office of International Affairs and the ILO
15 February 2011
AARP and the ILO co-hosted this experts’ dialogue exploring global trends and innovations as we collectively rethink social protection in the 21st century. The ILO recently released its first annual World Social Security Report which examines global progress, trends, and innovations in social security and responses to the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Speakers included Edward Johns, Senior Advisor, International Affairs, AARP, Sandy Mackenzie, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute, Michael Cichon, Director, Department of Social Security, ILO, Dalmer Hoskins, Director, Division of Program Studies, Social Security Administration.
Towards Economic Inclusion: Multi-Stakeholder Strategies to Access Competitive Markets, Organized by the Global Fairness Initiative, in collaboration with the Organization of American States and the Washington Consulting Corporation
28 January 2011
Throughout Latin America informality has created an alternative economy, which employs the majority of the economic active population. The Forum focused on integrated approaches to formalization and suggested a process for the creation of a roadmap to formalization in Central America. Panelists included Barbara Shailor, United States Department of State Special Representative for International Labor Affairs, and Nancy A. Donaldson, Director of the Washington Office of the ILO.
19 January 2011
Gallup developed a new unemployment metric that can be standardized across all countries using measures that are updated annually worldwide, providing policymakers with an invaluable new tool. Sara Elder, Economist at the International Labor Organization, discussed these new measures and other employment-related topics with Alan Krueger, former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the US Department of the Treasury, Jon Clifton, Deputy Director of the Gallup World Poll, and Ahmed Younis, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Silatech. They advanced the discussion about how employment statistics should be used as a measure of macro-economic health and stability