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Workforce development in emerging economies: Comparative perspectives on institutions praxis, and policies

This report examines workforce development (WfD) systems in emerging economies around the world and presents novel systems-level data generated by the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER)-WfD benchmarking tool.

The book’s findings, based on cross-sectional data for nearly 30 countries and time-series data for five countries, identify successes and common issues across countries in the sample. In lagging countries, the biggest difficulties relate to: forming and sustaining strategic partnerships with employers; ensuring equitable and efficient funding for vocational education; and putting in place mechanisms to enhance training providers’ accountability for results defined by their trainees’ job market performance. By framing WfD in the broader skills-for-growth context and drawing on lessons from countries where well-designed WfD strategies have helped to drive sustained growth, this book offers clear guidance on how to enable a more effective approach to the inevitably complex challenges of workforce development in emerging economies.


World Bank



Knowledge Products

Research papers and syntheses

Sub Knowledge Products



Training quality and relevance

Subject Tags

Skills and training policy
Skills re-training
education and training
TVET systems
vocational training

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Tan, Jee-Peng; Lee, Kiong Hock; Flynn, Ryan; Roseth, Viviana V.; Joy Nam, Yoo-Jeung
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