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The Jobs Knowledge Platform: An Overview

Policymakers around the world are looking for practical solutions to expand job creation and improve job opportunities. Addressing this key global policy priority, the Jobs Knowledge Platform (JKP) aims to:
  • ● Share insights and build synergies across different approaches, sectors, and disciplines
  • ● Create a community to exchange challenges and solutions
  • ● Inform important policy debates

The Jobs Knowledge Platform is managed by the World Bank in collaboration with partner organizations the Economic Research Forum, Fedesarrollo, the International Development Research Centre, the IZA the Institute for the Study of Labor, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, the McKinsey Global Institute, and REALM/AMERU.

In addition to a series of events, the JKP has a website that enables analysts, policymakers, and the broader public to communicate and learn through a variety of online features. All focused around a set of key debates, the interactive tools include:

  • The Working Wiki: Users of the JKP can add, edit, and rate contributions to this crowd-sourced report on jobs and job creation. It will be shared during the World Bank Annual Meetings with top policy makers from around the world.
  • The Jobs and Development Blog: A range of high-level experts offer their views on key jobs topics. Users can comment on blog posts and rate them.
  • Data Page: Using the World Bank’s open source data, JKP users can access regional and country dashboards displaying tables and graphs with the latest data and trends on Jobs.
  • The Digest: This searchable, ratable media archive helps users find jobs ideas in books, press clips, scholarly articles, and videos.
  • World of Labor: This online repository will offer 100 practical notes summarizing key debates on labor policy.
  • Experiences from the Field: Structured as a competition, Experiences from the Field showcases successful projects, creating a searchable database where practitioners and participants can exchange ideas. Winners will be featured at the World Bank Annual Meetings in October 2012.
Events: Users can search this listing for JKP-sponsored and other events. They can also submit their own events for inclusion


Klaus Zimmerman (Director, Institute of Labor-Bonn, IZA)
Edgard Rodriguez (Senior Program Specialist Supporting Inclusive Growth, IDRC)
Monica Parra Torrado (Senior Researcher, Fedesarrollo/LACEA)
Neil Rankin (AMERU/REALM)
Susan Lund (Director of Research, McKinsey Global Institute)
Ahmed Galal (Managing Director, Economic Research Forum)


Reema Nanavaty (Secretary General, Self-Employed Women's Association, India)
Haroon Bhorat (Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town)
Santiago Levy (Vice President, Inter-American Development Bank)
Jose Manuel Salazar (Executive Director, ILO)
Stefano Scarpetta (Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD)
Peter Bakvis (Director, International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC)