State of the Savings Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa This first report in a series of three biennial reports provides a comprehensive synthesis and analysis of trends in demand, supply and other key enablers of savings for low income individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is now widely accepted that putting away money for tough times and for financing important life goals is important for everyone, but especially for the poor whose financial lives can be unpredictable. What evidence demonstrates this and which tools are most effective in providing that evidence?
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Guy Ryder, stresses also Houssou s journey public employment services should play a key role in linking enterprises, workers and training institutes so that workers and enterprises adapt to increasing changes through life-long learning and skills training in business enterprises.
This led us therefore to, among others: We have observed generally that the limitations of the very long and very selective general education curriculum deny a large number of young people access to employment, certification or qualification. And, even the youth who complete their studies find it hard to enter the world of work, often with qualifications that do not match the needs of the labour market, or prepare them adequately for their own business ventures.
The graduates from our universities, when not absorbed by the public service, most often migrate to other places. This is a huge loss for our States, which fight tooth and nail to establish an education system that can overcome the challenges of Houssou s journey and social development.
She is optimistic in this interview that ECOWAS Member States will implement technical and vocational education and training policies effectively as expected.
She points out how her organization supports these States, and announces there will be a youth skills training and employment fund in July 7 trades that used to be occupied by workers trained on the job; to streamline training programmes and labour market needs; and to promote youth entrepreneurship, attested by the development of trades such as sewing, hairdressing and catering.
What relation do you see between vocational training and employment? Do you think this relation is taken into account in the employment policies and strategies of countries in the sub-region?
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Vocational training, if done properly, earns qualifications for the learner, and employers look for skilled candidates; so the relation is there already.
The issue is whether the skills match the needs of the labour market. In their respective ways, the ECOWAS Member States, through vocational training, address this relation properly in their various policies designed to promote employment. The problem therefore lies in the way these policy and strategic guidelines are operationalised.
This is why our respective Member States need to have constant discussion and information flows on the labour market, whether this is done at the level of governments, training institutes, or the private sector. On this basis, ECOWAS has, in recent years, been assisting Member States to create frameworks for dialogue and consultation on how to harmonise labour market needs with training curricula at the universities and in vocational training schools.
Ina 3-day gender workshop at Ngor Diarama ed: Further, with the support of ILO, a study to establish a regional labour market information system is under way. Several studies in the sub-region highlight the inequality in access to vocational training for women and men.
How do you explain this, particularly the slow progress in gender equality observed in vocational training and employment? I do not think access to vocational and skills training is unequal for men and women. Besides, the first experiences in vocational training were in occupations done mainly by women, such as secretarial duties, sewing, hairdressing, catering and the processing of agricultural products.
The other observation is that training schools often offer trades done either by men, or by women, depending on the areas of focus, even though we now see women working as mechanics, carpenters or builders, and men as secretaries or caterers, etc.
It is only with the introduction of vocational training at the tertiary level that we may talk about inequalities, considering the barriers facing women due to the socio-cultural constraints we all know.
Access to employment and leadership positions is where inequality between women and men is quite noticeable. Decent Work positions, and to give them real support as women. From the contributions women make to household economic stability, we need to think deeply on ways to give them opportunities to fulfil their potential socially and professionally.
With the progress in ICTs, several barriers can be removed, including the need to be present physically at the workplace. What are the challenges and priorities in promoting essential skills for successful development strategies in West African countries?
The major challenge is to match training with development and labour market needs in our countries. The other major challenge is the discrepancy between the vocational training curriculum and need for competitive and skilled graduates in the job market.
A growing number of schools, from sheer greed, offer courses in sensitive areas like health. We need therefore to standardise training, establish control systems for skills training and certification, and provide reliable labour market information.
Another equally important challenge is to have forums for dialogue between public officials, vocational schools, the private sector and socio- professional organizations on how to better harmonise skill and labour market needs, and to help young people acquire an enterpreneurial culture.Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America.
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