Report Launch on The Future of Global Stability: The World of Work in Developing Countries
The future of work has recently attracted much attention from a variety of institutions: a simple Google search of the term “future of work” produces more than 2 billion results. Our world of work – both in rich and poor countries – is changing fast. Technology, globalization, environmental changes, and shifting demographics are impacting workplace environments and the types of jobs that will be available in the future. Everyone can relate to these issues since people depend on work for their livelihoods.
Much of the current discussion on the future of work centers on fast paced technological disruptions and the perceived job losses and transformations in Western economies. However, several challenges beyond technology will impact the future of work in developing countries including demographics, instability, globalization, migration, and inequality. The world of work in developing countries is complex, and its future remains uncertain. These changes require us to think about the types of jobs, skills and safety nets that economies need to meet people’s aspirations. 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, global, regional and national stability will be compromised. The U.S. can play an important role in supporting transitions in developing countries brought on by the coming world of work changes. A discussion that addresses the role of the U.S. and international community in confronting the challenges and leveraging the opportunities of the world of work in developing countries is necessary in order to accomplish U.S. national security interests.
This discussion marks the launch of a new CSIS report on the topic. The accompanying conversation will convene experts on these issues who will discuss how developing countries will need to prepare in order to confront these forthcoming challenges and to discuss how these challenges pertain to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. Please join us for an important and timely conversation.
The report and case studies can be found here.
This event was made possible through support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C.