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Growth and employment in the post-2015 development agenda: Messages form a global consultation

Author: United Nations Development Group
Organisation: United Nations Development Group
Publish Date: 2013
Country: Global
Sector: Economic
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Employment
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Employment, Unemployment, Agriculture, Industrial sectors, Extractive sectors, Services sectors, Micro enterprises, policies. Regulatory measures, Environmental sustainability

Participants in the Growth and Employment consultation as well as in many post-2015 national consultations widely agree that employment and decent work should be a central development objective, since poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paid jobs. Jobs are seen not only as a way out of poverty; they also give women and men a sense of self-esteem and respect by society. The absence of job opportunities and the exclusion from the labour market increase inequalities, weaken social cohesion and diminish trust in political leadership and institutions. Participants in the discussion recognize that economic growth is necessary to sustain employment generation. Decent jobs and a dynamic economy are mutually supportive, as incomes from work underpin consumption and investment. But in recent years economic growth in many countries has failed to generate commensurate growth in employment. Discussants call for shifting attention from the quantity to the quality of growth and employment, toward inclusive growth that generates decent jobs and reduces inequalities.
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