2022 Jobs and Development Conference

With a special focus on The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries” the 2022 #Jobs4Dev Conference will feature 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 is hosted by the World Bank, IZA, the Network on Jobs and Development, and UNU-WIDER, and will showcase over 60 papers from economists, policymakers, and development experts.

AGENDA 2022 (12Dec2022 version)

   AGENDA 2022



The conference will feature these 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 features 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 is predominantly being held as an in-person event, selected sessions will be available to watch via live-streaming to YouTube. This will enable 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 and to view the schedule, please click here.