Date: February 2019

The Changing Nature of Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Silvia Beghelli (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei); Stefano Pareglio (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)


At the beginning of January 2019 the World Bank published their annual World Development Report. This year the report focuses on work and on the effects of its transformations on people and firms across countries. Work is changing and is increasing its demand for non-routine cognitive and socio-behavioural skills. As individuals are more educated, human capital accumulates and technological progress continues to create new opportunities. Consequently, the job market becomes more global and firms ought to adapt their scope as well as their regulations. The main findings of the 2019 World Development Report are highlighted here to understand the role that Sub-Saharan Africa plays within the debate on the changing nature of work.

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