Future of work

All our latest research and commentary on navigating the future of work – a key topic under discussion at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos.

The future of work and ODI at Davos

We shared our research and thinking on the future of work at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in January 2020. Below is a programme of some of the events our experts participated in at Davos. 

Accelerating investable deals for the Sustainable Development Goals | 21 January | 07:30-09:00 (CET)

The United Nations estimates the gap in financing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at $2.5 trillion per year in developing countries alone. Despite such persistent – and even growing – need, donor agencies have not dramatically increased humanitarian and development budgets. Private capital and private capabilities have roles to play, but there is little understanding on the kinds of projects and programs to support - and how.

This interactive session, co-hosted by ODI and Mastercard, highlights new research on economic growth opportunities for youth and examines new business and delivery models that seek to transform how we reach underserved populations. How can we, as public, private, and voluntary actors, achieve impact at scale through collective action?

Tech for Global Goals Leaders meeting | 21 January | 07:30-09:00 (CET)

This inaugural meeting of the Group of Tech for Global Goals Leaders convenes chief executives from the partners behind the Frontier 2030 – the new 4IR for Global Goals Platform, launching at the Annual Meeting 2020. The vision and mission of this platform is set out, along with priorities for 2020.

Humanitarian Investing Initiative | 21 January | 17:00-18:00 (CET)

This is a meeting of the High-Level Group on Humanitarian Investing, co-chaired by the World Economic Forum, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Bank Group. The Humanitarian Investing Initiative brings corporations and investors together with humanitarian and development actors to work on new approaches to the challenges of global fragility, crisis and forced displacement. This session supports the World Economic Forum’s Humanitarian Agenda and Shaping the Future of Investing Platform. The initiative is supported by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Debunking the migration myth (livestreamed) | 22 January | 09:15-10:00 (CET)

Migrants represent more than 3% of the world's population and contribute nearly 10% of global GDP, yet public perception of migration is increasingly polarised. How can the power and potential of including migrants in the economy shift attitudes? In this livestreamed session, experts discuss strategies for reskilling to meet the demands of the new economy, employment opportunities in the digital economy, and the benefits of integrating migrants into the workforce. Watch the discussion

Stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world: the role of philanthropy in emerging economies | 22 January | 07:15-8:30 (CET)

As economic power progresses southward and eastward, significant growth in philanthropy from emerging markets is inevitable, not least due to the $4 trillion intergenerational wealth transfer expected in these markets within the coming 10 years. 

Capturing this opportunity by catalysing new sources of philanthropic capital will be critical to sustaining progress in these economies and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. However, achieving this impact will require significant progress in the way in which this capital is organised and deployed. As an increasingly diverse range of actors engage in philanthropic activity – from family offices, to corporates and broader crowdfunding platforms – a multi-sector approach is essential. This in-turn makes sharing lessons learned and encouraging collaboration ever more important, especially as next generation philanthropists offer new ways of thinking and new aspirations for delivering impact. 

Providing clean energy in fragile contexts (livestreamed) | 22 January | 16:00-16:45 (CET)

Investing in energy infrastructure has the potential not only to bring down the cost and carbon footprint in areas of displacement and fragility, but also to transform the humanitarian system. What models are most promising to catalyse investments for cleaner and cheaper energy in fragile environments? This livestreamed session covers discussion on greening humanitarian action, enabling change through digital solutions, and leveraging blended finance to share risks. It contributes to the work of the Humanitarian Investing Initiative. Watch the discussion.

Africa peacebuilding | 23 January | 07:30-09:00 (CET)

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Diplomacy dialogue on the Horn of Africa | 23 January | 09:30-11:00 (CET)

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Ethiopia on the rise: unlocking opportunities | 23 January | 16:30-17:30 (CET)

Ethiopia is currently Africa’s fastest-growing economy and has a young and dynamic population. To maintain and top this performance, Ethiopia will need to unlock new opportunities for growth and job creation, particularly for its youth, women and refugees. This session explores:

  • How to create better educational and job opportunities in the country, particularly for the youth, women and refugees.
  • How digital technologies can be leveraged to support these endeavours.
  • How Ethiopia might provide lessons for other African countries and donors.
  • How its relationship with China is helping its economic transformation.

By accelerating capital investment into countries such as Ethiopia, this discussion offers an opportunity to explore how to better leverage digital technology and empower the private sector to collaborate more readily.

Read our five key takeaways from the discussion.

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