Bridging the skills gap: innovations in Africa and Asia

Shubha Jayaram (Editor), Wambui Munge (Editor), Bob Adamson (Editor), David Sorrell (Editor), Nitika Jain (Editor)

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This volume examines the skills development agenda for youth by exploring two key questions for sustainable livelihoods: What are the skills needed for employability in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia? And, what skills do today’s students and secondary school leavers possess? An introductory chapter sets the stage for the discussion and analysis to follow by reviewing in broad terms the current research on relevant topics such as global youth unemployment, the relationship between skills and economic growth, and the expansion of secondary education. The following chapters synthesize a series of background studies focused on Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia, including both a general overview and an in-depth look at several countries. The chapters introduce innovative models for skills delivery, and highlight some of the key elements of successful skills models, including multi-stakeholder partnerships, updated pedagogy, and innovative financing mechanisms. Each of the book’s five core chapters covers a specific theme, and each is supplemented by case studies to illustrate the successes, challenges, and lessons learned in real-world examples.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages148
ISBN (Electronic)9783319494852
ISBN (Print)9783319494838, 9783319841717
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Employability in developing countries
  • Global youth unemployment
  • ISESE project
  • Inclusive skills development
  • Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement
  • Skills development models
  • Skills enhancement
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Systemic curricular change
  • Workforce development
  • Workforce readiness


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