About us

A diverse set of Information and Communication Technologies -with Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the core, general-purpose technology- is rapidly changing the world of work.

While in the Global North, the debates transpire around adapting well-functioning institutions to exponential technological change, down in the Global South the main risk is repeating the Needham Question: new forking paths in terms of technological change and development.

Thus, the critical challenge in the South has to do with fostering technological innovation and making it inclusive by design. Key questions in this regard are: Which jobs are likely to emerge in the future? What skills will be in demand in an AI-driven world of work? Will automation aggravate unemployment in the Global South? What will be the impact of the gig economy for workers in emerging economies?
Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) is an initiative that brings data, knowledge, and policy frameworks to answer these questions and contribute to a future that works for everyone in the Global South.
The specific objetives of the iniative are:
To build country-specific narratives on the Future of Work in the Global South.
To disseminate knowledge and engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders about the implications of these changes to emerging countries.
To extend the global research network aimed at creating and disseminating high-value knowledge about the future of work in the Global South.
To collaborate in the creation a knowledge hub that collects and systematizes the existing knowledge base, and makes it accessible to policymakers and other stakeholders.


Project Leader and Principal Investigator

Ramiro Albrieu

Ramiro is a Principal Investigator at CIPPEC's Economic Development Program and a Macroeconomics professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He is an Associate Researcher at the Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES) and at the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ) at Tulane University, as well as a member of the T-20 “Technological Change and the Future of Work” task force.

Project Coordinator

Megan Ballesty

Megan is a Coordinator at CIPPEC's Economic Development Program. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Management. Before joining CIPPEC, Megan was a Project Coordinator at the Argentinian public sector, where she led initiatives related to Open Government, Open Data, and the measurement of the digital economy.


Pablo de la Vega

Pablo is an analyst at CIPPEC's Economic Development Program. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from the National University of La Plata. Previously, Pablo worked as an analyst at the Ministry of Economy in the Province of Buenos Aires and participated in research and teaching activities at his university.

Research partners

Urvashi Aneja

Founding Director at Tandem Research

Vikrom Mathur

Founding Director at Tandem Research

Leonardo Gasparini

Director at CEDLAS

Irene Brambilla

Researcher at Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS), National University of La Plata

Cristian Bonavida

Researcher at Development Bank of Latin America and CEDLAS

Jean-Paul Van Belle

Director of the Centre for IT and National Development in Africa (CITANDA), University of Cate Town

Pitso Tsibolane

Lecturer and PhD Candidate in the Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town

Roxana Barrantes

Senior Researcher at Institute of Peruvian Studies

Aileen Aguero

Researcher at Institute of Peruvian Studies

Diego Alonso Aguilar

Researcher at Institute of Peruvian Studies

Rulof Burger

Associate Professor, Economics Department, University of Stellenbosch