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Jobs Action

Jobs and labour markets in developing countries: policies and priorities for a sustainable future Download Steven Miller's agenda for job creation and decent work.

Jobs and livelihoods in developing countries: donors, NGOs and micro-macro linkages Download this paper by Stephen Commins and Brendan Martin

How do power relations affect job creation? Stephen Commins discusses the political economy of jobs

The World Bank and Jobs: a significant departure or business as usual? Download Brendan Martin's commentary on the 2013 World Development Report.

Beyond Jobs: what if employment policy caught up with labour market reality? Wingham Rowan on the need to recognise and regulate the 'sharing economy'

Mobilising informal economy workers for urban resilience Bradley Cleveland's proposal for how developing cities could combine social and environmental sustainability

The need for hundreds of millions of new jobs -- and the needs to see that they are good ones, and to improve those that already exist -- is at last arriving at the centre of international development policy and practice.

Not before time, but now comes the hard part: how can civil society organisations, including trades unions, influence the post-2015 development agenda to make sure decent work is and remains at its heart?

And how can social accountability be increased so that vulnerable and excluded groups are able to influence national and local policies and practices in ways that make secure livelihoods and freely chosen decent work a central priority?

Public World has been working with global unon federations and civil society organisations to develop capacity among workers' organisations in developing countries to influence the design, implementation and evaluation of development projects funded by the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs).

Following publication of the World Bank's 2013 World Development Report, Jobs, there is a clear imperative to ensure that those projects contribute systematically to the steady expansion and improvement of productive employment opportunties.

Global dialogue and pressure is important, but what will really make the difference is if strong unions and civil society organisations at national and local levels are able to engage effectively with development project design, implementation and evaluation..

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