Category Archives: Frontier Markets

Skills development outside the mature economies

Dire Need to Increase Funding for Skills Training in Developing World

The UN’s latest report on skills, 10th Education for All Global Monitoring Report, highlights the need to find alternative routes to educating young people. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, said at the launch: “We are witnessing a young generation … Continue reading

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Light manufacturing skills in developing markets

Skills has to be seen as key in any focus on sustainable growth and, as with the example from Sri Lanka and the German led vocational skills centre Tanzania is exploring the same agenda. The World Bank has just produced a … Continue reading

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Skills in India and the relevance elsewhere

In the next five years, India needs 70 million more vocationally skilled people to join the workforce. This means an increase of vocationally skilled workers from 12 to 25 per cent by the end of the 12th Government Plan. The … Continue reading

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Transforming Skills in emerging markets

There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you’re good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backward, even if it requires learning new skills. Kindle is an … Continue reading

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Why buy equipment and ignore the skills?

I have given talks on skills all over the world and I use a particular slide frequently. On the left, there is a photo of an 11 year old and on the right a Stradivarius violin worth over $5 million. … Continue reading

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Aakash for access to skills

Aakash is a hindi word meaning “sky or “ether”. It is a word that will become better known. Now, it is the brand name for an Android-based tablet computer produced by the British company Datawind and manufactured by the India … Continue reading

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Skills at the heart of the village

“Only when the villages prosper”, said Mahatma Gandhi, “can India truly prosper”. Amidst the bustle of the big cities and the drive to transform the Young Republic of India into a global superpower it is easy to forget the villages role in … Continue reading

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Transforming skills in frontier markets

Years back I worked on a project at British Steel, Ebbw Vale, Wales. At that time, British Steel employed over 200,000 people all over the UK and as the weeks went by it became clear that few people on site … Continue reading

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Design skills transform livelihoods

Last year, Dr Graham Hamilton of Yorks St John University led a team visiting the NAESEY Project in Tamil Nadu – a training initiative for the rural unemployed. This year they repeated the trip which featured a design initiative led … Continue reading

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