6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference

“The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries”


The conference will take place on December 14-15, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.


The two-day format will feature keynote speeches, a policy panel, and about 50 paper presentations in parallel sessions. The event will focus on policy-relevant research, applicable to identifying solutions to jobs challenges in low- and middle-income countries.


To expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies, we are interested in policy-relevant papers on all topics in labor and development economics, but especially in papers that focus on:

  • New platform economy jobs
  • Labour market programmes and regulation
  • Gender and labour markets
  • COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and development
  • Immigration, migration and skills
  • Structural change
  • Climate change, energy and jobs

We are particularly interested in these themes, but don’t discourage any relevant topic on jobs and development policy and issues.




Please submit full papers or extended abstracts by Friday July 1, 2022 using our online application form. Please label your file with both your name and the paper title.


Notifications on contributed papers will be sent by September 5, 2022. Any queries can be emailed to the conference managers at  j4d@jobsanddevelopmentconference.org.


We strongly encourage the submission of full papers. For extended abstracts, full paper submission is due September 30, 2022.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Travel Grants for African Scholars


On behalf of Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has committed funding in support of African scholars wishing to participate in the #Jobs4Dev 2022 conference in Cape Town. Travel grants to cover airfare and accommodation costs are now available for eligible African researchers with accepted papers.

Application form


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