Blog » Extracts about JDs drawn from the `Year in Review’ Message from Practice Manager, Ian Walker
Extracts About JDs Drawn From The `Year in Review’ Message From Practice Manager, Ian Walker
As we reach the end of the World Bank’s financial year FY20 I thought it a good time to share some reflections about how the year has gone for the Jobs Group.
I’d like to thank everybody in the Jobs Group and all our partners in the Bank and beyond for their hard work and achievements before and during the Covid19 crisis.
Of course, it has been a surreal year. We spent the last three months in the lockdown saturated with Webex meetings and Zoom videos, wondering when and where things will get back to normal, assessing what might happen to job security and incomes, what should be done to protect workers and jobs, and what the new normal might be going to look like for the workers in our client countries.
But before the Covid crisis started, we notched up some important advances. In the field of Jobs Diagnostics I’d like to highlight the roll out of our new Global Jobs Indicators Database -JoIn, which is coupled with a set of powerful diagnostic tools, working off data for 150 countries, drawn from over 1200 household surveys, and reflecting more than 60 disaggregated indicators of employment and earnings. It is hosted as a Data Catalog by the Development Economics Data Group (DECDG) at the bank and is available here to users as a global public good. A new version will be launched in September, along with new Jobs Diagnostic Tools.
Our inaugural Jobs Diagnostics and Solutions Training Course was delivered as part of the World Bank’s Core Courses Program in Autumn, and is now being prepared for a virtual re-run later this year. We had a very positive response from many participants from client countries and partner organizations. The data-driven, evidence-based approach, which is reflected in our Jobs Diagnostic Guidelines, is spreading to more countries and more development partners. Many thanks to the dedicated teams who have worked on Jobs Diagnostics support through Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Central & South America.
I also would like to thank our team working on the economics of Jobs and Structural Change and the excellent publication “Pathways to Better Jobs” which highlights the key findings from that work. These are helping us to understand what really matters to make jobs outcomes better in low and lower middle-income countries.
Beyond Diagnostics, I’d like to acknowledge the work of our Jobs Group team on the economics of providing public support to better jobs, which has improved our understanding of the phenomenon of jobs linked externalities. These market failures slow jobs transformations in many low-income countries and they provide a public policy justification for supporting investments that create “Better Jobs for More People” – which is the motivating slogan of the Jobs and Economics Transformation special theme of IDA 19.
These analytical advances are also feeding through into operational impacts.
Some of the things that we have done include: the great Policy note on policy responses to the crisis on how to support jobs and households and workers through the incomes during the crisis in the formal sector and in the informal sector ( what can be done, how the policy would change as we move through the different phases of the crisis).
There’s a great Blog Series supporting that policy note that I encourage everybody to look at.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to all CoP members for your engagement and contribution to the CoP knowledge sharing and collaboration initiatives. We recognize your efforts either by participating in knowledge activities, championing our CoP or continuously inspiring us with your presence and engagement.
Thank you for being a part of this journey! I look forward to a successful upcoming year.