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The Future of Work in the Global South

Digitization and networked communications are increasingly touching all aspects of modern life. Among them is employment, which has served as a key organizing principle for society since the industrial revolution. Employment has long anchored labor contracts and the division of labor within organizations, large and small. It has also shaped individual careers, orienting investments in basic education and job training. In many countries, traditional employment is at the center of social protection programs, from health care to pension systems. Employment also affects individual’s sense of belonging to a social group with shared career expectations and norms. Promoting equal employment opportunities is often at the center of economic and social inclusion programs for women, racial minorities and the youth. As a result, ongoing changes in digital communications and computing that significantly affect the nature of work are poised to have long-lasting impacts on development outcomes.

The Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) initiative launches its second phase

With generous support from the International Development Research Centre, the FoWiGS initiative is launching its second phase. This phase will support research that seeks to advance our understanding about the implications of digitization and networked communications for labor markets, and more generally the nature of work, in developing countries. A call for proposal will soon be released, welcoming applications from from a variety of disciplines and methodological perspectives including (but not limited to) impact evaluation research, survey pilots, ethnographic studies, action research, online experiments, and policy analysis.

Call for Research Proposals – New deadline: December 22

A number of technological and social forces are currently reshaping employment, and more generally the nature of work. Despite growing evidence about the impact of these forces in advanced economies, there is currently little understanding about how these transformations are affecting countries in the Global South. FoWiGS is launching a call for research proposals to fill this knowledge void and create high-quality, policy-relevant research about the implications of these changes for equitable development in emerging regions.

New deadline for submitting proposals: December 22, 2018