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Transformations in Work: Creating Job-Rich Economies in the 21st Century

Berlin, Germany

The JustJobs Network’s 2016 annual summit, “Transformations in Work: Creating Job-Rich Economies in the 21st Century” took place on October 18-19 in Berlin, Germany. Co-hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the summit brought together global leaders to address the impact of several profound ‘megatrends’ on the nature of employment.

From technology and global value chains to migration and urbanization, the speed and pace of change is accelerating, with enormous consequences for labor markets. These developments call for innovative policy solutions that can help navigate the transformations and ensure shared prosperity for all.

As keynote speaker, the Indonesian Minister of Manpower, H.E. Mr. Hanif Dhakiri, made the strong contention that “there is nothing inevitable about inequality,” pointing to Indonesia’s recent success in reducing inequality and spurring opportunity through public investment. Other global leaders who offered their perspective in a public panel included Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank, Celso Amorim, the longest-serving Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Zaw Oo, a senior economic advisor to the Myanmar government, and Michael Sommer, former president of the German Trade Union Confederation.

JJN Executive Director Sabina Dewan, moderating the discussion, pressed the panelists to address a series of issues related to navigating the transformations in work: the role of slow-moving multilaterals in a fast-paced world; the need to reconcile the economic imperative of labor migration and rising public discontent with diversity; and the potential for developing countries to “leapfrog” by leveraging technology and trade.

Delivering on its commitment to provide research and insight into the large-scale transformations reshaping jobs and the nature of work, JJN also released its 2016 signature volume “Transformations in Technology, Transformations in Work.” Through case studies from around the world, this 10-chapter volume adds nuance to the global debate and grounds it in the experience of policymakers, businesses and workers around the world.


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