Research and academic articles prepared within the Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) project

Automation and Workforce in India: Terrible consequences or impossible?

Given that a large part of the Indian workforce is low skilled, what would be the impact of automation?
The fear of losing jobs because of the introduction of new technologies is not new. Even with the printing press in the 15th century, the world always has always had two camps (Juma, 2016)– those who supported and introduced it, and others who resisted it for different reasons. In this legacy of intellectual squabbles, automation is the latest entrant.

P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan

Labor Digitization and the Gender Gap

How will the ongoing transformations associated with automation and the digitization of work affect opportunities for women in labor markets? In particular, will they help reduce existing gender gaps in labor market participation, career development and wages? The evidence we have to date suggests a mixed picture.

Hernan Galperin

Bridging the gender digital divide in the Arab Region

"Mentoring and guiding Arab women is essential for their upskilling to fit into the larger sustainability industries and for creating jobs in this new Machine Age"
Mainstreaming gender in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and creating greater economic opportunities for Arab women are due to compelling economic reasons. Gender inequalities in the Arab Region impose development costs on the society. Some barriers may be obvious, such as affordability, lack of access to ICT services, financial decision-making or cultural norms and social restrictions on women’s physical and social mobility.

Mona Farid Badran

Mind the gap: When getting-a-ride becomes an app behavior in China

This transformation takes place because of ride-hailing platforms running on smartphones. Didi (a.k.a. Didi Chuxing) emerges as the winner from a dozen of competing apps that all together are responsible for changing “getting a ride” from an on-street activity into a phone activity.

Julie Yujie Chen