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The latest news for the Development Policy Research Unit. Please go to the archive for older news articles.

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:45

As part of the ELLA programme, the Learning Alliance on Informality and Inclusive Growth organised a summit in South Africa, offering an opportunity to learn first-hand from experiences in Latin America. The summit was held in Johannesburg on the 4th and 5th of October 2016.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:00

Call for papers: The 2nd WIDER Development Conference on “Migration and mobility” will be held 5-6 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

Call for case studies
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:00

The World Economic Forum, in partnership with IDRC and the World Bank Group has launched a call for case studies on sustainable and scalable public and private sector solutions that foster the twin objectives of enhancing productivity and delivering social impact. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:00

The sixteenth of a series of fact sheets that analyses changes in the labour market over the preceding 12 month period has just been published.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:30

Jobs and Development Conference - November 2-3, 2016:  DPRU Director Haroon Bhorat and researchers Safia Khan, Francois Steenkamp and Chris Rooney will attend the Jobs and Development conference in Washington D.C., USA. The conference is organized by the World Bank Jobs Group and the Network on Jobs and Development, a partnership (financed by the Development Grant Facility) consisting of five research institutes from various regions of the world, including the DPRU.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:15

The International Economic Association (IEA) is pleased to announce its Eighteenth World Congress to be held in Santa Fe, Mexico City between Monday 19 and Friday 23 June 2017.The congress is jointly organized with the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE, Mexico. The theme of the congress is Globalization, Growth and Sustainability.

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 13:45

The Development Policy Research Unit will host an hour-long debate via Google+ Hangouts, as part of the World Bank research programme: the Network on Jobs for Development (NJD): 

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Date and time: Monday, 22nd August 2016 at 14:00 SAST

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:30

On November 2-3, DPRU will co-host the Jobs and Development Conference in Washington D.C. The invitation period to submit papers is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 09:00

Recently published blog: ‘Does informality help inclusive growth in Africa?’ the latest NJD blog written by Kezia Lilenstein, Junior Researcher at the DPRU.

In this contribution commissioned by the DPRU for the World Bank’s Network on Jobs for Development (NJD) blog, the author discusses the ‎heterogeneity‬ of the informal ‪‎labour‬ market, and how these different types of informality may serve to promote or constrain ‎inclusive‬ growth in ‎Africa‬.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:45

Youth unemployment is a big problem worldwide, and South Africa is no exception. While in South Africa unemployment is a major concern for people of all ages, youth aged 15 to 34 are more likely to be unemployed than individuals of any other age. Since 2011, unemployment has risen by 1.1 million South Africans, and 47% of these are youth. Even worse, this is not due simply to young, new labour force entrants – youth made up only 35% of labour force growth in the same period. Those aged 15 to 25 are particularly badly off, with employment amongst this group actually falling since 2011.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:00

The Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST), formally launched on May 18, 2016 in the United Nations. DPRU is one of 31 founding members from all over the world. GReCEST aims to be an open platform for advancing frontier thinking and mutual learning on economic structural transformation, which is the key for inclusive and sustainable development.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 09:15

Recently published blog: ‘In West Africa, education = jobs and jobs = development’ the latest NJD blog written by Adaiah Lilenstein, Junior Researcher at the DPRU.

In this contribution commissioned by the DPRU to the World Bank’s Network on Jobs for Development (NJD) blog, the author discusses how getting education right is a crucial first step on the road to creating better employment and reducing poverty.