Each of the proposed thematic sessions would consider cross-cutting issues such as governance and institutions, and gender considerations. They will also discuss innovations in methods and approaches towards assessing the impacts of policy reform and addressing knowledge gaps in achieving inclusive development. The thematic issues mentioned will be subsequently defined by specific sub-themes and key questions to be addressed. They will be deliberated upon in parallel sessions featuring a set of papers selected through a competitive call for papers with particular emphasis on young researchers from the Global South.
How do countries address the problem of youth unemployment, including unemployment among women, educated and high shares of NEET (Neither in Employment nor in Education or Training) among youth?
What are some successful strategies for expanding productive employment? How can labour engaged in low-productive agriculture and other marginal activities in developing countries be shifted to more productive formal sector activities?
What are the policies and strategies needed to create jobs and decent work opportunities to reduce the precariousness in people’s lives and enhance economic security?
What is the potential for creating sustainable ‘green’ jobs in the Global South?
What needs to be done to prevent the further informalization of labour, especially among women, and increase the share of formal employment with social protection?
How does unpaid care work intersect with opportunities for women in entry and advancement in new and growing areas of work?
To what extent do national policies of countries of the Global South incorporate aspects of care work captured in the 5R framework (recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care and domestic work, along with rewarding paid care work guaranteeing care workers’ representation)?
How is increasing automation digitalization likely to impact women and men, especially in terms of the formality and informality of employment and occupations in various sectors as well as employment quality, working conditions, and wage inequality?
How the countries of the Global South can take advantage of expanding Global Value Chains in creating decent livelihoods and jobs and what should be their sectoral and diversification strategies?Additionally, how can strengthening South-South and Regional Value Chains and trade contribute to increased job opportunities in the Global South?
Note: The questions given above are indicative only. Potential paper writers are welcome to contribute on additional relevant sub-themes as well.