Once a year in the fall, the World Bank, the German Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the BMZ's convening
authority, the Development Policy Forum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), hold an international policy
workshop in Berlin. This longestablished flagship event, known as the
“Berlin Workshop,” brings diverse perspectives and expertise from
outside the World Bank, providing an excellent forum in which to
exchange ideas and debate in the course of preparing the World
Development Report (WDR). The objective always was, and still is, to
widen the scope of inputs into the WDR by integrating the views of
leading experts from across the international research community.
In 2011, the two-day Berlin Workshop on “Moving Jobs to the Center
Stage” brought together representatives or development practitioners
from academic, inter-governmental, and think-tank institutions in
Europe, the United States, Egypt, Turkey, Bangladesh and the
Philippines, as well as from the World Bank and the German development
organizations. Participants at the Workshop gathered to discuss the
connection between jobs and important dimensions of economic and social
development, and to explore policy options to cope with the challenges
of massive demographic shifts, global migration of jobs and deep changes
in the very nature of work. They exchanged views on the first outline of
the WDR to provide the authors of the WDR with ample food for thought.
The topical issues addressed by the Workshop were: conceptualizing “good
jobs” and social cohesion; the link between jobs, technology and growth;
jobs and labor market institutions; the youth employment challenge; jobs
in the informal economy; and jobs, migration and social inclusion. These
proceedings include discussion papers on topical issues and the workshop
program. Most of the discussion papers were drafted by the editor based
on the workshop presentations, and reviewed by the respective
participants; some papers were written by participants themselves.
Participants’ institutional affiliations identified in this publication
are as of the time of the conference, November, 11, 2011.
GIZ; The World Bank; (Editors). Moving Jobs to the Center Stage. Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin, Germany (2011) 66 pp.
Moving Jobs to the Center Stage