Cities are often seen as sites of emancipation and freedom for women, as compared to the social restrictions of the village and the hard manual labour of working on the farm. Small cities might not offer the level of freedoms women experience in the metropolis, they do, however, create specific opportunities for young women to access non-farm work. A gender inclusive planning and governance framework is urgently needed to leverage the potential for improving women’s work outcomes in these places.
It is already commonly acknowledged in migration studies that instead of one-time long-term movements from one place to another, migration is increasingly complex in pattern and duration. We find that small cities lie at the cusp of multiple mobilities, acting as origin points, destinations as well as transit points for migrant youth.
Lately, policy makers and commentators have questioned whether the “demographic dividend” could turn into a “disaster,” as countries struggle to create enough productive jobs for their ballooning youth populations. So far, research has focused less on the geography of the demographic dividend. Where are these young people who seek productive work? Where can their economic potential be fulfilled?
Rapid population growth and a growing youth workforce, coupled with rapid urbanization, have created a policy imperative to generate jobs on a large scale across Sub-Saharan Africa. To meet this challenge, governments must consider job creation through a spatial lens, look beyond primary metropolitan areas and consider how smaller urban settlements can be turned into […]
December 17, 2020
3:30 - 5:00 PM (India Standard Time)
As the pandemic upends livelihoods, exacerbates inequality and deepens uncertainty about the future of work, it also casts a spotlight on how economic systems have failed to create resilient communities. Technological change, urbanization, climate change and the restructuring of global trade have all evolved faster than the ability of global, regional and national institutions to […]
December 16, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 India Standard Time
Rapid advancements in technology are driving a new digital ecosystem of work. The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the pace of change and will create new prospects for people seeking to earn an income online. Against this backdrop, the Women, Work, and the Gig Economy consortium, supported by IDRC, is hosting a panel discussion that examines […]