Workshop on Employment for Stability

The Hague Institute invites you to a workshop on ‘Employment for Stability’ in The Hague on 14 June 2017 from 10.00 – 12.00 to present and discuss findings of the research project “Does Opportunity Reduce Instability? A Meta-Analysis of Skills and Employment Interventions in LMICs”.

The multi-year research project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and led by The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The project brings together a large set of leading researchers working on stability and employment in development from a range of European and African institutions.

The Hague Institute’s partners are the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) based in Addis Ababa, INES-Ruhengeri in Rwanda, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the United Nations University, Merit (UNU-Merit) in Maastricht.

The project builds on the realization that creating employment has become a key development strategy, resulting in turn in a surge of pro-employment interventions. With poverty and unemployment regularly cited as robust correlates of instability, such programs also have the potential to increase stability, or the preservation of the social contract. Such potential positive externalities are rarely considered, however, with success measured by economic impact.

The project contributes to filling this gap using employment interventions and stability data in a broad set of countries to identify externalities, their underlying mechanisms, and the role of the macro-environment therein. Our approach will inform and improve theories of change by understanding the types of intervention that are most successful and the reasons behind their success. Heterogeneity in target groups, location and context ensures our results have a high degree of external validity, leading to high policy uptake.

The workshop will offer a variety of insights from the research project, both at the conceptual level and from a variety of country case studies. The workshop format includes a series of short presentations by several project researchers and ample opportunity for open group discussion. Special emphasis will be placed on the discussion of policy relevant implications of the research, leading to suggestions of improved policies and programmes strengthening employment for stability in conflict and fragile states.

This small-scale meeting will be held under the Chatham House Rule to enable personal and open dialogue. This means that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

We would greatly appreciate if you could confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience, preferably before 9 June. For further questions on logistics, financial support or transferring your invitation to a suitable colleague, please contact Ms. Fabienne Smith. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Neil Ferguson.

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