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New Cross-Country Research Reveals (Persisting) Gender Differences in Off-Farm Employment Outcomes in Africa

The ability of people to enter jobs outside their own farm-household is extremely important for economic development and poverty reduction. In Sub-Saharan Africa, households derive a significant share of their total household income from off-farm employment. This stylized fact has been demonstrated for years, and many development programs focus on creating off-farm jobs. However, not all jobs are equally beneficial. Women are disadvantaged in accessing off-farm employment, and especially in accessing decent working conditions.Read More

LSMS at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

The use of data for development has been a topic of much interest lately and was a key theme at different sessions surrounding the 73rd United Nations General Assembly , held in New York from September 18 to October 5, 2018. Two notable side events included the launch of the Data to End Hunger initiative and a high-level panel on Data to Improve People’s Lives—and the LSMS played a prominent role in both.Read More

Measuring Employment and Work in Sri Lanka

LSMS team members Amparo Palacios-Lopez and Akuffo Amankwah spent the last two weeks in Sri Lanka, working closely with the World Bank Gender group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), Sri Lanka .Read More

Data to Improve People's Lives

The use of data for development has been a topic of much interest of late with its potential for new opportunities. Whether it is monitoring air quality, ensuring sustainable food production or tracking infectious disease outbreaks, new technologies and data sources are opening up new ways to... Read More