Title The Future of Work in Africa, Advance Edition
Subtitle Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All
Author Jieun Choi, Mark Dutz, Zainab Usman
ISBN 9781464814440
List price USD 39.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 186
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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This companion report to the World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work addresses the key themes of creating productive jobs and addressing the needs of those left behind. It builds on and contextualizes some of WDR 2019’s main messages to key specificities of the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. It focuses on how global trends especially the adoption of digital technologies (DTs) may change the nature of work in SSA by creating new opportunities and challenges. The report is structured around three main issues that will shape the future of work in Africa, namely the human capital needs of a young and rapidly growing largely low-skilled labor force, the prevalence of informal workers and enterprises and the social protection policies to mitigate risks resulting from disruptions to labor markets. The report highlights important unanswered policy questions where new research, supplemented by new data, could yield learnings with high policy payoffs in the SSA context.




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Executive Summary

Overview (Jieun Choi, Mark Dutz and Zainab Usman) • Key messages of each chapter • What should governments do? • Important unanswered policy questions

Chapter 1: Digital Technologies (Jieun Choi) • Abstract • Introduction • WDR 2019 analytical framework and predicted effects for Sub-Saharan Africa • Availability of digital technologies and their effects to date • Availability of digital infrastructure • Digital technologies’ effect on growth and inclusion outcomes • Availability of digital skills and their determinants • Availability of digital skills • Determinants of digital skills • Technology and the global production base • Is reshoring happening? • GVC integration and non-resource-seeking FDI • Policy implications and future research agenda

Chapter 2: Human Capital (Moussa Blimpo and Solomon Owusu) • Abstract • Introduction • Human capital and the future of work: What is different in Africa? • The promise of human capital for the future of work in Africa • Focus on formal jobs: Africa cannot afford to ignore the low-skill informal sector • From digital technologies to jobs through adequate human capital • Digital technologies for new and more productive low-skill jobs • Digital technologies, human capital formation, and jobs in the human capital sectors • Discussion: The importance of grassroots and bottom-up innovation • Policy implications and future research agenda

Chapter 3: Informality (Pierre Nguimkeu and Cedric Okou) • Abstract • Introduction • Overview of formal and informal farms and firms • Size and features of the informal sector • Challenges and opportunities of informality • The future of informal work under the digital economy • Technology acquisition, diffusion, and impact on informal labor markets • Complementary benefits from digital technologies • Challenges and risks • Policy implications and future research agenda • Complementary policies for increased access to credit • Channeling the gains from digital technologies • Beyond the current evidence: New research avenues

Chapter 4: Social Protection (Zainab Usman) • Abstract • Introduction • What is social protection? • What are the WDR 2019 recommendations on social protection? • Systemic risks and fiscal constraints limit social protection coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa • Global trends pose systemic risks to African labor markets • Fiscal constraints to social protection coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa • Social protection policies should manage risks, leverage opportunities, and optimize resources • Manage risks by strengthening traditional SPL programs • Leverage opportunities for innovative SPL policy solutions • Optimize resources to finance SPL programs • Conclusion

About the Author:

Mark Dutz is Lead Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for work on productivity growth and its interaction with poverty reduction and shared prosperity. He is co-editor of Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from Experimentation (2014) and Promoting Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Policies (2012), and lead author of The Jobs of Tomorrow: Technology, Productivity and Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean (2018), and Unleashing India’s Innovation: Toward Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2007). Dr. Dutz has taught at Princeton University and has published articles in journals and monographs in applied microeconomics, including on competition, innovation, productivity and international trade issues, and their linkages with growth and inclusion. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a Masters’ in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Target Audience:

This book will be useful to people interested in employment and labor studies in Africa. It focuses on how the adoption of digital technologies may change the nature of work.

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