Background paper

Preparing developing countries for the future of work: understanding skills- ecosystem in a digital era

Karishma Bangaa, Dirk Willem te Velde 2019. Overseas Development Institute. Pathways for Prosperity Commission Background Paper Series no. 29 Oxford. United Kingdom

The rapid development of new digital technologies is changing the way people work and the skill sets required for specific jobs. Those that involve repetitive tasks are at higher risk of being automated, while the number of jobs that require non-routine tasks is likely to increase in the future.

This paper takes a National Innovation System (NIS) approach towards understanding digital and soft skills development in the digital era. It considers three channels through which developing countries can strengthen or attract digital and soft skills to their economy: formal education and technical and vocational education training (TVET), non-formal TVET, and employer-led training.