Skills for Development in a Changing World

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

The Law Society,


Gareth A Jones


The Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Inter-American Development Bank are jointly hosting the Skills for Development in a Changing World conference on October 4th, 2017 at The Law Society in London. The conference will address the defining issue of the age, the relationship between the acquisition of skills that are suitable for the rapidly changing conditions of contemporary labour markets, technological transitions and innovation frontiers.

Prompted by the release of the IDB 2017 Flagship report, Learning Better: Public Policy for Skills Development, the conference will consider how governments should react to the rapidly changing demands in the labour market, and how solid evidence can guide effective public policy to meet these challenges. What skills are required as manual roles or a labour-intensive service sector become less important; or, as governments and civil society organisations promote small and medium size enterprises? How are we to understand ‘skills’ in the ‘creative industries’, the ‘smart’ or ‘gig’ economy in developing countries, and as new flows of information become available through social media and other platforms?

Panellists, ranging from academics and think-tank analysts to NGOs and private sector organisations executives, will explore how they foresee ‘skills’ in the future, the implications of a new ‘skills economy’ for the lifecourse, the transitions through childhood to adulthood, the gender divisions of labour and the future role of social institutions such as the family, household, or organisations such as the vocational training centres, schools and church.

Confirmed participants include:

First panel
Matias Busso (IDB, editor Development in the Americas 2017 Report)
Professor Kitty Stewart (CASE, LSE)
Dr Miguel Székely (Director, Center for Education & Social Studies, Mexico)
Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (Dept. Psychological & Behavioural Science, LSE)
Professor Sonia Livingstone (Dept. Media & Communications, LSE)

Second panel
Dr Marco Manacorda (QMUL & CEP/LSE)
Dr Kirsten Sehnbruch (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile & LSE)
Dr Sergio Urzua (University of Maryland)

Third panel
Prof Stephen Manchin
(LSE Department of Economics)
Dr Julian Messina (IDB)
Dr Irene Mia (Director, Thought Leader, The Economist Intelligence Unit)
Joe Dromey (Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Public Policy Research)
Eze Vidra (Chief Innovation Office, TrialReach)

Fourth panel
Dr Santiago Levy (IDB)
Montserrat Gomendio (OECD)
Professor Sandra McNally (Director, Education and Skills Programme, CEP/LSE)
Professor Orazio Attanasio (UCL, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Hugh Maclean (Director, Education Support Programme, Open Society Foundation)


Browse the programme here.


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