2022 Jobs and Development Conference

With a special focus on The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries” the 2022 #Jobs4Dev Conference featured a wide range of the latest research on jobs and development, such as youth unemployment in Africa, education & skills, migration and remittances, climate change, and gender gaps in the labor market. This two-day in-person conference was hosted by the World Bank, IZA, the Network on Jobs and Development, and UNU-WIDER, and showcased over 60 papers from economists, policymakers, and development experts.

AGENDA 2022 (12Dec2022 version)

   AGENDA 2022


   BROCHURE 2022



Selected photographs from the 2022 Cape Town conference are now available at the following link.  These images are available under a CC BY Creative Commons license, which requires that credit be given to the creator: Klara Beckerling of Everyday Studios.  Should you require a hi-res version of a particular photograph, please email your request.



The conference featured two keynote speakers:


DECEMBER 14, 2022: 09h05-10h05 (SAST, UTC +2)

Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics and IZA) 

“Economic Development and the Organisation of Labour: Evidence from the Jobs of the World Project”


DECEMBER 15, 2022: 15h30-16h30 (SAST, UTC +2)

Ragui Assaad (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)

 “How Do Labor Markets Work in North Africa?”



The conference featured a policy panel on Youth Unemployment in Africa


DECEMBER 14, 2022: 10h25 – 11h25 (SAST, UTC +2)



Haroon Bhorat (DPRU, UCT)


The tipping point providing opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles and spur inclusive growth, is the youth bulge and the sub-Saharan African labor market. The demographic dividend has been touted as a potential source of growth for the African continent and its relatively young population, but for countries struggling with high unemployment, employment creation that can absorb the large cohort of youth that is set to enter sub Saharan Africa’s labor markets in the approaching decades is a major challenge. As the two main drivers of poverty are unemployment and low earnings, the important task is thus to identify the key drivers of inclusive growth that are critical to alleviating Africa’s twin jobs challenge: creating jobs for a rapidly growing working-age population in the future and improving the incomes of the currently employed population.




Nazeem Hendricks (The Jobs Fund, National Treasury)

Abebe Shimeles (AERC)

Ryan Moore (Millennium Challenge Corporation)

Nomvuyo Guma (Youth Employment Service (YES))



While this year’s conference was predominantly held as an in-person event, selected sessions were available to watch via live-streaming to YouTube. This enabled a wider audience to listen in to the keynote speaker presentations, the Africa policy panel discussions and the special sessions being hosted by the World Bank and the Oxford Martin School with the Development Policy Research Unit.


To access the streaming links, please go to YouTube.