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A Crowded Global Jobs Market Is Braced for 1bn More Workers (Financial Times)

April 21, 2017
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Goal eight may seem utopian in its reach, but Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, senior vice-president for strategy and partnerships at Education for Employment (EFE), says its scope will help non-profit organisations to work with governments and large development agencies.

EFE, a US-based social enterprise, aims to create tens of thousands of jobs for young people in the Middle East and north Africa. “The only way we can do that is by co-ordinating with government and multilateral agencies,” says Ms di Florio. “Goal eight is now on their agenda and when we can align with national policies we are more effective.”

William Savedoff, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Global Development, agrees: “These goals become tools and governments use them to mobilise support and focus attention.” Mr Savedoff argues that there can be no expansion in the number of jobs without economic growth. “So the best programmes are those that set the context for economic growth,” he says.

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