Experts convene at IDRC launch of 2013 World Development Report

Ottawa - November 19, 2012

On Monday, November 19, 2012, experts on global labour markets convened at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to discuss highlights from the 2013 World Development Report (WDR), the World Bank’s flagship publication. 

This year’s WDR moves jobs to centre stage and focuses on job creation as a cornerstone of development. The WDR estimates that 600 million jobs will be needed worldwide over the next 15 years just to keep employment rates constant. For more information on the 2013 WDR, see: World Bank news or download the complete report here: 2013 World Development Report: Jobs

 Key to the preparation of the WDR was a set of country case studies that demonstrate the diversity of employment challenges around the world. One such case study, led by CISS and supported by IDRC, examines the informal sector in Mexico, the economy’s low productivity, and the need to enhance social cohesion.

Click on the image to the right to view the complete panel's video (in English or in French).

Sue Szabo, Director of Social and Economic Policy at IDRC and moderator, was joined by the following panelists:

  • Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, Senior Economist, World Bank;
  • Vaughn Lantz, Director, International Financial Institutions, Multilateral and Global Programs Branch, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
  • Gordon Betcherman, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa;
  • Gabriel Martinez, Secretary General, Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS);
  • Marcel Mérette, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. 
The reports' authors presented their findings, followed by a presentation of the Mexico case study, and concluded by an open discussion.

The event was sponsored by Canada’s IDRC, CIDA, and the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

PEP representatives from Dakar (Awa Diop and Aissatou Diop) were also invited to attend and set up an exhibit in order to inform the event's other attendants of PEP activities, as one of IDRC's major project and success story.

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