Workforce Development in Developing Countries: A Framework for Benchmarking
This paper articulates a framework and approach to support the World Bank’s assistance to its partner countries with regard to the challenges of workforce development.3 The broader concept is the World Bank’s Skills toward Employability and Productivity4 framework which sets forth a holistic model encompassing five components for human development to support economic and social progress: (a) starting right in early childhood; (b) laying a strong foundation in basic and secondary education; (c) building and upgrading job-relevant skills; (d) fostering innovation and entrepreneurship; and (e) matching skills demand and supply. Workforce development focuses mainly on the third of these five components. The project is being implemented under the World Bank’s broader initiative on System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER)5 and shares the initiative’s goals of creating diagnostic tools for assessing how well a given education and training system is performing in light of global good practice and what might be done to obtain better results. The initiative’s operational application is to inform the design of country-level programmatic interventions for possible support by the World Bank and other donor partners.