Panel Discussion on World Development Report 2013 and Informal Workers

February 19, 2013

The “World Development Report 2013: Jobs” and its Focus on Economic Rights of Informal Workers

Harvard Kennedy School

Jesko Hentschel, Human Development Sector Director, South Asia, World Bank
Dena Ringold, Lead Social Protection Specialist, World Bank
Marty Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator, WIEGO

The 2013 World Development Report (WDR) recognizes and focuses on jobs as the center of economic development. It argues that jobs are the hinge connecting three key transformations – or the lack thereof – at the center of economic development: living standards, productivity and social cohesion. It highlights the importance of representative voice and economic rights for the working poor.

The WDR team commissioned the WIEGO Network to prepare five case studies on efforts to secure the livelihoods of urban informal workers – domestic workers, home-based producers, street vendors and waste pickers – by increasing their representative voice and  economic rights.

At the event, Jesko Hentschel and Dena Ringold presented the WDR 2013, including its focus on voice and economic rights. Marty Chen spoke about the five case studies.

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Case studies on Economic Rights and Representative VoiceAccess the set of case studies on Economic Rights and Representative Voice supported and documented by WIEGO, for the World Development Report 2013 on Jobs.


The 2013 World Development Report on Jobs

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