Job-rich Growth in Asia

Strategies for Local Employment, Skills Development and Social Protection

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Jobs-rich Growth in Asia discusses some of the most pressing issues that countries in Southeast Asia are facing in regard to boosting local employment and skills development while advancing social protection strategies in emerging, fast-growing labour markets. A joint OECD/ILO initiative, this book analyses local approaches in Asia to modernise labour markets and skills strategies and shows how local recovery is taking place through a combination of policy measures on employment creation, skills development and social protection.



What role do local governments and local stakeholders have in an inclusive job-rich recovery?

Chapter 3, “What role do local government and local stakeholders have in an inclusive job-rich recovery?”, discusses the key issues for the recovery and highlights local initiatives that are driving the recovery in the Asian region. The chapter examines three sets of critical elements that are within the reach of public policy: (1) Fostering the dynamics between skills and employment focusing on demographic change, migration and mobility of workers in Asia, enhancing skills development and utilisation, building labour market intelligence for more strategic services, and greening jobs, skills and firms; (2) Creating jobs through enterprise and infrastructure development, focusing on recovery and post-recovery measures to promote investment in infrastructure using local resource-based approaches; and (3) Developing social protection schemes highlighting key features of two types of programmes, viz. conditional cash transfers and employment guarantee scheme. The chapter concludes with policy concerns and recommendations.


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