Labour markets face unprecedented disruptions. Technological, demographic and climate change buffet workers and workplaces. In some countries, workers are in short supply. In others, far too many vie for a few available decent jobs. Supply chains are broken and acute shortages are hiking prices. And while businesses struggle to stay afloat, vulnerable groups search for jobs. These changes have caused great turmoil in our lives. But, they also provide opportunities for moving towards a better future of work. This course will look at the central role of economic policies, particularly at macroeconomic and sectoral level, to navigate this difficult context and to maximise the employment outcomes for any given society. Key questions that this course will explore, include: - How are governments reacting in advanced and developing economies in this changing economic context? - What is the right economic policy mix to create more and better jobs, particularly for people in need? - How could new jobs be promoted in new sectors? - How to reach those hardest hit?
The course will be of particular interest to policymakers, planners, technical officials of relevant ministries and other technical experts from relevant institutions. In particular, the course caters for policy advisers and practitioners from ministries of labour and employment, finance, economy and planning; sectoral ministries; social partners; and researchers and policy analysts working for international, regional and national organizations, academia and donor organizations. Gender-balanced participation is desirable.
The main objective of the course is to strengthen the capacities of policymakers and social partners in the design and implementation of economic, employment and sectoral policies and strategies to foster a robust and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and other unfolding crises while investing in longer-term structural transformation processes required to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.