Jobs and Development Conference 2022


14 - 15 December 2022 (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
Cape Town, South Africa

The Jobs and Development Conference (#Jobs4Dev) is a global event co-organized by the World Bank, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), UNU-WIDER, and the Network on Jobs and Development (NJD) – a partnership of research institutes from various regions of the world: Development Policy Research Unit at University of Cape Town (DPRU, South Africa), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS, Hong Kong), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, India), and Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Poland).

The conference strives to expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs, improve understanding of the interplay between development and quantity and quality of work, and advance the discussion on the most effective policies to improve jobs outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Each year, the conference combines key-note lectures, presentations of high-quality research and policy-oriented discussions, creating a platform for interactions between academics and policy-makers.


The conference builds upon the Employment and Development conferences organized by the World Bank and IZA between 2006-2015, and the Jobs and Development conference organized by the NJD and the World Bank in 2016. Since 2019, the UNU-WIDER has also been involved as a partner of the conference.

Organizing Committee

IZA – Institute of Labor Economics – Gary Fields and Ahmed Elsayed
The World Bank – Ian Walker and Maddalena Honorati
The Network on Jobs and Development (NJD) – Haroon Bhorat and Piotr Lewandowski
UNU-WIDER – Kunal Sen

Keynote Speakers in 2022

Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics

Ragui Assaad, Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota


Selected sessions were live-streamed here on Youtube, including the keynote speaker presentations, the Africa policy panel discussions and the special sessions hosted by the World Bank and the Oxford Martin School with the Development Policy Research Unit.

Please also visit the Jobs and Development Conference Youtube channel for more videos from the conferences in previous years


Further updates and the link to register to attend the conference can be found at the conference's official website 



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