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Pakistan has not reached ‘Education for All’ goals

The News, 23 April 2015 - Pakistan has not reached any of the Education for All goals set in 2000 with measurable targets, but made significant progress in closing the gender gap, particularly in the early years after 2000. When the goals were set, there were 68 girls enrolled for 100 boys in Pakistan. By 2007, there were 83 girls but this only increased to 87 by 2012.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 23, 2015 10:47 AM |
Employment Dept warns job hunters of fraud

Thai Visa News, 19 April 2015 - The Department of Employment has instructed all of its provincial offices to caution job seekers wanting to work overseas to beware of fraud, as reports of illegal employment agents have recently been on the rise.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 20, 2015 04:46 PM |
New portal to prepare students for future jobs

Channel News Asia, 07 April 2015 - TODAY reports: The Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP), which will help students and adults find the career best suited to their lifestyle, is to be rolled out in stages from 2017.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 20, 2015 04:41 PM |
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Microfinance for Decent Work

ILO February 2015 -Entrepreneurs in the informal economy, and the employees that work in those businesses, are often exposed to difficult and dangerous working conditions. The tools used to identify, prevent and rectify such conditions in the formal economy – including social dialogue between employers and employees, labour inspection and other applications of labour law – generally do not apply to the unregistered enterprises that proliferate in many emerging economies. Consequently, alternative approaches are required. But how can one reach these enterprises and influence their conditions?

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM |
YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES Unemployment, Injustice and Violence

Mercy Corps - Every year, Western donors deploy vast sums of development assistance to dampen the appeal, among the world’s youth, of militias, pirates and terrorists. But guided by little in the way of empirical evidence, it is an enterprise plagued by unclear payoffs and unintended consequences.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 16, 2015 12:00 AM |
Lao Development Report 2014

World Bank - Recent media reports of a perceived “skills problem” in Lao PDR have spurred an intense focus on skills development initiatives. Alarming media coverage of rising wages and complaints among firms of a shortage of skilled workers has raised concerns over whether Lao workers are equipped with the skills sought by firms. The Government and other partners have responded by channeling more resources to skills development, for example with investments in vocational training facilities to train more workers. This report argues that the workforce problems which Lao PDR faces do not only stem from problems in the education sector. Looking only to skills development as a solution would not address the fundamental problems constraining economic growth, employment creation, and poverty reduction. Creating an environment conducive for farm and non-farm businesses to make investments and grow remains an essential first step for skills development. As World Bank (2004) states, Training does not create jobs. Skills are a derived demand and that demand depends on policies for growth and employment creation.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Oct 01, 2014 12:00 AM |
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