Growth 2.0: The Good Jobs Challenge in Developing Countries

Kunal Sen presents at 24th Bradford Development Lecture

Estimates from the World Bank suggest that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation; meanwhile the ILO has calculated that 344 million jobs need to be created by 2030 to address unemployment.

At the same time, around 80 per cent of the workforce in Africa and South Asia are in precarious and poorly paid employment in the informal sector. Can automation and new technologies help to create these much-needed jobs, or could it lead to greater inequality, leaving behind the most disadvantaged? What are the prospects of good jobs for millions of workers in the informal sectors of the Global South?

UNU-WIDER Director Kunal Sen addressed the key policy challenges faced by developing countries in his Bradford Development Lecture.

Watch the recorded lecture here.