Future of Work
Education & Skills
Decent Work for All
  • Lifelong Learning: Ensuring the Youth of Today Prosper through Labor Market Reforms

    The future of work and a changing labor market are confronting workers with increased insecurity, isolation and uncertainty. This poses challenges to the youth of today, who were educated under an archaic labor-market paradigm of ‘education-job training-work-retirement’.

  • The “Unwritten Rules” of the Workplace: What Can (and should) be Written Down and Taught by Schools and Employers

    This paper argues that education-to-employment transition efforts are insufficient without a lesson on the “unwritten rules” of the workplace.

  • Decent Work Requires Decent Innovation: Leveraging Entrepreneurial Education to Boost Innovation and Job Creation in MENA

    In the next 30 years, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces an unprecedented need for decent work. These jobs should be created by increasing opportunities for private sector organizations to grow.

  • An Intersectional Gender Lens to Labour Market Interventions in Latin America

    Labour market interventions are essential to shape a future of decent work and economic growth that leaves no one behind. Particularly in Latin America, a region that presents a landscape of lower productivity economic sectors and high dependance on commodities.

  • The Human Centered Future of Work(force Development)

    The future of work has never been more uncertain. Forces spanning automation to climate change will impact the livelihoods of billions of people worldwide.

  • A Cross-Boundary Team Approach to a Collaborative Future of Work

    This paper uses McGrath’s Circumplex Model of Group Tasks to analyze the activities that innovation teams need to complete in order to develop new products or processes.

  • Social Entrepreneurship for the Future of Work: Co-creating a Healthier Economy & Workforce in Williamson, West Virginia

    While workforce development initiatives are often designed from the top-down, a human-centered approach calls for decision-making authority on economic policies to be shared with the communities engaged.

  • Incubators as a Potential Tool for Employment Creation: A Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa is confronted by a demographic structure that will see a large part of the population come of working age over the next few years.

  • The Nexus of Decent Work and Emigration Trends in Nigeria

    Migration is a phenomenon which significantly influences economic and social development. A consistent negative migration rate for over two decades in Nigeria reveals the high number of people exiting the country in search for “greener pastures”.

  • Securing Decent Jobs for Marginalized Youth: A Case Study of Bangladesh

    Young people in Bangladesh face a precarious future, despite living in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

  • The economic case for contraceptives: their role in promoting growth and availability of decent jobs for youth in sub-Saharan Africa

    There are a bevy of different social actions in the form of governmental policy or non-government assistance programs that influence the world’s ability to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8.

  • Pathways for Pacific Youth in the Face of the Climate Crisis

    The future of work has transformed greatly over the last decade. however, in hand with rapid technological advancement and globalisation comes the climate crisis, which is holding many back.

  • Driving Economic Growth through Policy and Technology for the Aging Population

    With so much attention on millennials, a spotlight should shift towards another segment that can significantly influence economic growth and impact in the Future of Work - the aging population and workforce.

  • Realizing the 21st Century Skill of Global Competence in Higher Education: A Case Study of South Korean Internationalizing Universities

    Universities across the world have increasingly pursued internationalization efforts. Accordingly, in South Korea, universities have invested billions of dollars in internationalization efforts, such as attracting foreign students and faculty, increasing English-medium instruction courses, and teaching curriculum related to global competence.

  • Education to Employment Systems in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution is often observed through the lens of fear and uncertainty. Recently coined by Charles Schwab of the World Economic Forum, this era is defined by the intersection of exponential technologies, rapid social transformation, and institutional shifts.








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