Entrepreneurship, Jobs, and Skills

Growing local economies is one of six areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation. In order to promote economic development, whether locally or nationally, entrepreneurship, jobs, and skills are key. This page provides links to selected open access World Bank publications on those topics. The hope is that these resources will be useful to Rotarians and others working on economic development. The focus is  on books published since 2010 as opposed to working papers, journal articles, and briefs. The publications were selected as a resource for participants at the 2016 Rotary Presidential Conference on Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa. A paper including abstracts and pictures for the selected publications is available on the Blog Series page of this blog.

The World Bank publications listed below cover eight main areas as follows: Entrepreneurship and employment for women; Entrepreneurship and employment for youth; Regional and country studies on entrepreneurship; Jobs and labor markets; Business climate; Jobs during the crisis and in fragile contexts; Skills for the workforce; and finally Entrepreneurship education.

Please note that this compilation of recent publications is provided as a service to Rotarians and others working on these areas without any endorsement of the World Bank as to which publications should be featured. 

Entrepreneurship and Employment for Women

Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa

Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

Are Pakistan’s Women Entrepreneurs Being Served by the Microfinance Sector?

Lessons Learned and Not Yet Learned from a Multicountry Initiative on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Enterprising Women: Expanding Economic Opportunities in Africa

Gender Disparities in Africa’s Labor Market

Entrepreneurship and Employment for Youth

Building Effective Employment Programs for Unemployed Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Challenge of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka

Youth Employment and Skills Development in The Gambia

Regional and Country Studies on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship in Latin America: A Step Up the Social Ladder?

Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation

East Asia Pacific at Work: Employment, Enterprise, and Well-being

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Georgia

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Armenia

Jobs and Labor Markets

World Development Report 2013: Jobs

A Primer on Policies for Jobs

Industrial Clusters and Micro and Small Enterprises in Africa: From Survival to Growth

Jobs or Privileges: Unleashing the Employment Potential of the Middle East and North Africa

Working toward Better Pay: Earning Dynamics in Ghana and Tanzania

Putting Nigeria to Work: A Strategy for Employment and Growth

Labor Policy to Promote Good Jobs in Tunisia: Revisiting Labor Regulation, Social Security, and Active Labor Market Programs

Back to Work: Growing with Jobs in Europe and Central Asia

More and Better Jobs in South Asia

Jobs for Shared Prosperity: Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa

Light Manufacturing in Africa: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs

Business Climate

Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency

Entrepreneurship Snapshots 2010: Measuring the Impact of the Financial Crisis on New Business Registration

Jobs During the Crisis and in Fragile Contexts

 Working through the Crisis: Jobs and Policies in Developing Countries during the Great Recession

The Jobs Crisis: Household and Government Responses to the Great Recession in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Striving for Better Jobs: The Challenge of Informality in the Middle East and North Africa

Creating Jobs in Africa’s Fragile States: Are Value Chains an Answer?

Labor Market Dynamics in Libya: Reintegration for Recovery

The Small Entrepreneur in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

Skills for the Workforce

Skilling Up Vietnam: Preparing the Workforce for a Modern Market Economy

Demand and Supply of Skills in Ghana: How Can Training Programs Improve Employment?

Sustaining Employment and Wage Gains in Brazil: A Skills and Jobs Agenda

The Right Skills for the Job? Rethinking Training Policies for Workers

Skills for the Labor Market in Indonesia: Trends in Demand, Gaps, and Supply

Building the Skills for Economic Growth and Competitiveness in Sri Lanka

Developing Skills for Economic Transformation and Social Harmony in China: A Study of Yunnan Province

Skills for the 21st Century in Latin America and the Caribbean

Skills, Not Just Diplomas: Managing Education for Results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Skills for the Labor Market in the Philippines

The Education System in Swaziland: Training and Skills Development for Shared Growth and Competitiveness

Putting Higher Education to Work: Skills and Research for Growth in East Asia

Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs around the World: Dimensions for Success

Entrepreneurship Education and Training: Insights from Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique