ReCom Results meeting: Jobs--Aid at Work.


Event name

ReCom Results meeting: Jobs--Aid at Work, Copenhagen, Denmark


The Black Diamond, Queen's Hall, Soren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Copenhagen, Denmark


8 October 2012 08:00 - 8 October 2012 17:30

Contact person

Carl-Gustav Linden, UNU-WIDER Senior Communications Specialist

Hilary Bowker, Producer


Does aid create jobs? When and how do these jobs work? Are they sustainable? Do they promote development?

Why can't anyone tell me what works in aid?

This plaintive question from a former Danish Development Minister trying to structure development policies based on evidence of success led the governments of Denmark and Sweden to commission UNU-WIDER to carry out ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign aid - which aims to investigate what works in development.


This programme that Danida Director, Ib Petersen, says should be a catalyst for more effective aid. Now, a year and half or so down the line, it is time for the research results on Jobs and Development. This research is new and has potentially radical implications.

Why? jobs + results

Jobs are critical everywhere but especially in developing countries. We are focused on practical results. News you can really use: if you are a policy maker in a donor country; if you are a practitioner in a recipient country; and very importantly if you are an aid recipient. But you don't have to be in development to care about how your money is spent on development, or about how development policies are formulated.

We will be talking to some stars of the development world. Amongst them, Gary Fields, a world leader on employment and poverty reduction, whose latest book...

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