Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. New ways of production are adopted, markets expand, and societies evolve. But some changes provoke more attention than others, in part due to the vast uncertainty involved in making predictions about the future.
The 2019 World Development Report will study how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today.
While technology improves overall living standards, the process can be disruptive. A new social contract is needed to smooth the transition and guard against rising inequality. Significant investments in human capital throughout a person’s lifecycle are vital to this effort. If workers are to stay competitive against machines they need to train or retool existing skills.
A social protection system that includes a minimum basic level of protection for workers and citizens can complement new forms of employment. Improved private sector policies to encourage startup activity and competition can help countries to compete in the digital age. Governments also need to ensure that firms pay their fair share of taxes, in part to fund this new social contract.
The 2019 World Development Report will present an analysis of these issues based upon the available evidence. And, for the first time, the World Bank is preparing that analysis in a transparent manner. The Report’s authors are sharing the draft on a weekly basis so that you can follow along as they write and rewrite, responding to new information and ideas as they reach the team.
This is a unique collaborative experiment by the World Bank. Please join in the conversation — to find out more, download the report here.
Read the WDR 2019 Working Draft. Updated materials will be uploaded every Friday at 5pm (EST).
The World Bank Group is engaging extensively with civil society, foundations, youth and women’s groups, business groups and other multilateral organizations in the preparation of the 2019 WDR. This page will be updated periodically with further details of past and future consultations.
March 9 — Meetings in Vienna with the Chamber of Labor and the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
April 27 — Meetings in Brussels with the European Commission (DG Empl and EPSC)
May 7–8 — Meetings in Berlin. International Policy Workshop "Addressing the Changing Nature of Work" organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
May 24 — Meeting in Geneva with International Labour Organization
May 25 — Meeting in Geneva with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Telecommunication Union, and World Trade Organization
May 27 — Meeting in London with International Trade Union Confederation
May 31 — Meeting in Geneva with Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
June 4 — Meeting in New Delhi. Workshop at the Ministry of Finance.