This study calls for a longer term approach to socio-economic development in Afghanistan, in which employment and decent work take a central role. While this is indeed a major challenge given the economic and political uncertainties facing the country, a balance needs to be found between the urgency of stabilization and creating more sustainable jobs that lift people and their families out of poverty.
This report offers a theoretical underpinning for a vocational pedagogy. It is intended as a contribution to current discussions about further improving the quality of teaching and learning in the vocational education sector. A review of current thinking about vocational education forms a substantive part of the report, and its range of sources is reflected in the list of references at the end.
This paper articulates a framework and approach to support the World Bank’s assistance to its partner countries with regard to the challenges of workforce development
This report presents a framework – Skills Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP) – that provides a simple yet comprehensive way to look at skills development. It brings together research evidence and practical experience from a range of areas – from research on the determinants of early childhood development and learning outcomes, to policy experience with the reform of vocational and technical education systems and labor markets – and provides a set of powerful messages to policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.
Governments and business are coming to realise that educating future workers and consumers is critical for global stability.
Creating Opportunities for Youth
Today’s industries need to hire young people to grow and compete in the marketplace, and young people desperately need jobs. Yet there is a significant mismatch between what companies need in their new hires and the lack of in-demand skills among the pool of potential recruits. Turning a growing need into action, this paper explains how Hilton Worldwide invested in a global strategy to help equip youth with skills and prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry.
Education for Employment: Designing a System that Works
Around the world, governments and businesses face a conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. How can a country successfully move its young people from education to employment? What are the problems? Which interventions work? How can these be scaled up?
Afghanistan’s Willing Entrepreneurs
Headlines paint a bleak picture of Afghanistan. Among a host of seemingly intractable problems, the country faces rising insecurity, endemic corruption, and a struggling international effort to end what is now a decade-long war. Many see significant cause for concern and little reason for hope. Yet, as the United States, its NATO allies, and its partners in Afghanistan grapple to build a foundation for that country’s long term stability, there is potential for positive change within an area often neglected in the public discourse: The private sector.