The 2014 Annual Meeting was hosted by ILO, ITC and UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland, with co-sponsorship from Swiss SECO.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Date: Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 July 2014
As in the previous Annual Meeting, we dedicated one day (9 July) to a formal business day. This included a review of progress during the last year and agreement on the work plan and budget for FY 2014-2015.
The second day (10 July) was dedicated to technical discussion on Private Sector Development and Job Creation among DCED members and invited guests. Highlights of this day included a plenary speech by Justin Yifu LIn on the potential for a new ‘golden age’ of industrialisation in Africa. There were many other topical contributions on evidence of employment creation interventions, strategies to promote youth employment, and methods to measure results in job creation. Contributing organisations included the China Chamber in Ethiopia, UC Berkeley, the Overseas Development Institute, IFC, the MasterCard Foundation, ILO and many others.
Selected presentations and complementary reading can be found below.
9 July – Business Day: Member and Agency Updates
- Australian DFAT Member Update
- BMZ Member Update
- DFID Member Update
- European Commission Member Update
- IDRC Member Update
- IFC Member Update
- IFC Let’s Work Update
- ILO Member Update
- ITC Member Update
- MasterCard Foundation Member Update
- UNCTAD Member Update
- UNIDO Member Update
- JICA Agency Update
- The Golden Age of Industrialisation for developing countries in a multipolar world: A new structural economics perspective, by Justin Yifu Lin, National School of Development, Peking University. Further reading: Blog post by Justin Yifu Lin on new opportunities for low-income countries to catch up, and corresponding World Bank Policy Research Working Paper; Lin, Justin Yifu and Yan Wang (2014): China-Africa co-operation in structural transformation: Ideas, opportunities, and finances, UNU-WIDER Working Paper.
- Do we know how to create jobs in small businesses? Evaluation lessons from a systematic review , by Michael Grimm, University of Passau.
Further reading: Grimm, Michael and Anna Luisa Paffhausen (2014): Interventions for employment creation in micro, small and medium sized enterprises. A systematic review, for KfW. A summary of the systematic review can be found in OECD DAC Evaluation Insights (May 2014): Creating Jobs in Small Businesses.
- What is the private sector challenge in low income countries – An African perspective, by Louise Fox, UC Berkeley.
Further reading: Louise Fox et. al. (2013): Africa’s got work to do. Employment prospects in the new century, IMF Working Paper.
- Innovation, productivity and employment, by Dirk Willem te Velde, ODI.
Further reading: Dirk Willem te Velde (2013): Innovation and Productivity Growth in Low-Income Countries.
- The case for quality jobs, by Esther Germans, ILO. (Prezi presentation)
Further reading: Better Work (2014): Policy Brief, The Business Case for Quality Jobs – Evidence from Better Work
- Measuring job creation in private sector development, by Ben Fowler, MarketShare Associates.
Further reading: Fowler, Ben and Erin Markel (2014): Working Paper – Measuring Job Creation in Private Sector Development, on behalf of MarketShare Associates for the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development.
- Sida’s approach to productive employment. Unlocking potentials, by Sara Spant, Sida.
- Economic opportunities for youth, by Steve Cumming, MasterCard Foundation.
- Evidence on Youth Employment, by Susana Puerto, ILO.
- Structural transformation, productivity and jobs, by Tilman Altenburg, DIE.
Further reading: Altenburg, Tilman (2011) Industrial Policy in Developing Countries: Overview and lessons from seven country cases. Bonn: DIE.