Volume 1: A National Security Priority for the United States
October 19, 2018
This report focuses on the changes taking place in the world of work in developing countries and explores their implications for the national security of the United States and future global stability. This volume elevates the issue on the future of work in developing countries as one of strategic interest to the United States and proposes a more focused approach via U.S. bilateral development agencies and multilateral fora.
Developing countries, many of which are U.S. allies, need to generate jobs to meet the aspirations of their people and build strong economies. A lack of jobs in developing countries leads to negative spillovers in the form of migration, instability, fewer consumers for U.S. goods, and weaker partners and allies who can help bear the burden of global problems.
The United States has diplomatic, development, and security interests around the world and can influence the future of work agenda in developing countries through trade policies, investments, foreign aid, its considerable influence in multilateral development banks (MDBs), private sector engagement, and the knowledge and values instilled by our academic institutions. It is in U.S. national security and economic interests to focus more attention on this challenge through innovative approaches to policies in our bilateral institutions, identifying potential funding for this issue, and creating multi-stakeholder partnerships.
If economies do not produce enough good jobs and if institutions do not prepare the workforce for the current and future needs of the labor market, national, regional, and global stability will be compromised. The United States can play an important role in supporting transitions in developing countries brought on by the coming changes in the world of work.
Romina Bandura is a senior fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS. MacKenzie Hammond is a program coordinator for the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) and Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD)