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The Economist, 16 May 2015 - FOREIGN firms love Vietnam for its cheap electricity and docile workers. On the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s economic hub, hundreds of drab factories hum with quiet efficiency. Uniformed employees file by impassive security guards; shoes, garments and widgets leave by the truckload for nearby ports.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at May 15, 2015 09:56 AM |
The ‘demographic sweet spot’ is pure crap

The Manila Times, 09 May 2015 - WE are living off a myth, a hopeful scenario that is impossible to take place: That the Philippines is blessed with a “demographic sweet spot” that can easily fill up jobs in either the domestic or the global market. In contrast with the graying workforce of other countries, we have a young and able demography that is an asset very few countries have.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at May 11, 2015 09:56 AM |
How Youth Move to Work in Rural Communities: New Evidence

The Mastercard Foundation - 04 May 2015 - Given the importance of agricultural transformation in the development process of Low Income Countries, improving the livelihoods of young people is a critical step toward increasing production and economic diversification in rural areas.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at May 05, 2015 03:17 PM |
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Youth and rural development: Evidence from 25 school-to-work transition surveys

ILO and Mastercard Foundation, April 2015 - This report provides up-to-date evidence on the link between labour market outcomes and educational attainment for the population of youth in low- and middle-income countries. Based on the school-to-work transitions surveys (SWTSs) run in 2012-2013, the report assesses the labour market conditions of youth in rural and urban areas and offers insights into prospects for fundamental transformations of rural sectors within the development process.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM |
Unleashing Youth in Asia

McKinsey Center for Government, October 2014 - Solving for the “Triple-E” challenge of youth: Education, Employment and Engagement

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Oct 01, 2014 12:00 AM |
Microfinance for Decent Work

ILO February 2015 -Entrepreneurs in the informal economy, and the employees that work in those businesses, are often exposed to difficult and dangerous working conditions. The tools used to identify, prevent and rectify such conditions in the formal economy – including social dialogue between employers and employees, labour inspection and other applications of labour law – generally do not apply to the unregistered enterprises that proliferate in many emerging economies. Consequently, alternative approaches are required. But how can one reach these enterprises and influence their conditions?

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM |
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