11 May Donor countries should wake up to work to end poverty
PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk
Job creation and retention is a central political strategy for most rich countries, but employment has been surprisingly absent from development thinking. Until now.
A recent survey in sub-Saharan Africa on development objectives found that providing jobs for young people was considered more important than reducing maternal mortality, providing universal primary education, or reducing the spread of malaria. The International Labour Organisation says that 440 million new jobs need to be created during the next 10 years, to keep pace with population growth (pdf).