Work Program Update

Pillar 1: Country Pilots:

Let’s Work will conduct seven country pilots in partnership with country governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. Countries include Bangladesh, Mozambique, Paraguay, Tanzania, Tunisia, West Balkans, and Zambia. The country pilots will have a two -pronged strategy:

  • Removing constraints to private sector led job creation (e.g. investment climate, access to finance, infrastructure and skills gap); and
  • Strengthening value chains in ways that provide opportunities for SMEs, informal sector enterprises, women, and youth.

Work components under each pilot will be decided after conducting an analysis of existing analytical work done by the World Bank Group and other Partners. This will help Let’s Work determine where the program can add the most value, given the country context.The analysis will help identify two to four strategic areas/sectors that offer the most promising opportunities to create more and better jobs that are sustainable, competitive, and bring in other stakeholders. A value chain based sector program will be carried out on the chosen sectors. The value chain component will focus on: a) building capacity of local SMEs to encourage work in the value chains of larger companies; b) developing skills required for the value chain development; c) creating access to finance for the companies in the value chain; and d) addressing other key constraints such as regulatory and policy issues or access to infrastructure.

Pillar 2: Improving Methodologies and Analysis

Let’s Work partners agreed to jointly implement case studies to understand job creation effects and to develop a framework that can broadly be operationalized by project teams. Measurement tools that the partnership is jointly developing include: i) Value Chain Analysis using surveys to understand patterns of job creation along a given value chain; ii) Tracer Surveys to follow the beneficiaries/users (e.g., firms, farmers, own-account workers, job-seekers) of a an intervention and measure changes in labor market outcomes; and iii) macro simulation models to explore the range of possible outcomes that can result from investments in a sector. To carry out and oversee the work, three working groups have been formed for each of the proposed tools and 26 case studies have been launched. Below is a map outlining the country and sector specific case studies, by measurement tool.