Workforce Development


SKILLS FOR UPGRADING: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries

RTI International, the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (Duke CGGC), and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will be hosting a workshop to launch a new study on "Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Development and Global Value Chain Upgrading in Developing Countries." The workshop will be hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank and the MIF on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

This research project examines workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. Funded by RTI International and carried out by Duke CGGC, this research addresses policymakers, donors and development practitioners to improve our understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries.

This half-day workshop will include three panels and a light lunch session, with a private sector guest as the keynote speaker. Workshop highlights will include:

  • Presentation and discussion of key findings from research on four global industries of enormous importance to developing countries: horticulture, apparel, offshore services, and tourism
  • Introduction of a framework for linking workforce development and economic upgrading trajectories in global industries, with attention to evolving roles for public and private sector actors, certification and training, and local clusters and capabilities in global value chains
  • A panel discussion in which experts from international donors and multilateral institutions situate the research findings in the context of key challenges, including shifting patterns of supply and demand in global value chains, investment in human capital, the internationalization of workforce standards, and the role of public-private partnerships in industry upgrading.