Employment creation

While employment creation in developing countries is high on the agenda of most donor agencies, there are different views on how to achieve it. This page brings together key publications on the theme offering insights into major obstacles and potential solutions to job creation, as well as options for donor support. A short Synthesis Note, drawing from research, which seeks to unpack the tensions between different approaches to job creation can be downloaded here.


Key resources


The relationships between growth, employment and poverty reduction

Overview documents

Employment and poverty reduction

Country Assessments and sectoral employment studies


Constraints and solutions to employment in developing countries

The Impact of the Business Environment

The role of structural transformation and industrial development

The Potential of Skills and Innovation

Small and large enterprises in job creation


Job quality: promoting ‘decent work’ and productive employment

Interventions to support employment creation

Overviews and systematic reviews

Practical tools for employment interventions

Photo credits

Photo credits: Tran Viet Duc/Canadian Development Assistance in Vietnam; Nata Sisvadze, ALCP Georgia