The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact labour markets around the world and these challenges have now been compounded by geopolitical tensions, spiking food and energy prices and deteriorating financial conditions, particularly for developing countries. How are governments reacting in advanced and developing economies in such a changing macroeconomic context? Which policies can help sustain and strengthen the recovery in labour markets? How could new jobs be promoted in new sectors? How to reach those hardest-hit? Participants to the course will improve their practical knowledge of how macroeconomic and sectoral policies can be used to provide some answer to those pressing questions.
The course is 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 advisors 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.