The Reading Corner is a place to interact with, discuss, or contribute thought-provoking learning resources for the workforce development community. Content includes book reviews, key technical resources, and dialogues.

Technical Resources

Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success

Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, HCEO, Director James J. Heckman and Early Childhood Interventions Network, ECI, member Tim Kautz published an OECD report on skill development. 

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USAID Global Education Summit, 2015 - Goal 2 Session


At the 2015 USAID Global Education Summit in November, the workforce Connections Project at FHI360 programmed Goal 2 sessions within three key development themes. Please click on the following links for sessions details and presentation materials. 


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USAID Global Education Summit 2015 - Goal 2 Sessions

 At the 2015 USAID Global Education Summit in November, the workforce Connections Project at FHI360 programmed Goal 2 sessions within three key development themes. Please click on the following links for sessions details and presentation materials.

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Book Reviews and Commentary

  • The Global Auction

    “All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.” -Marx, Engels

    The 20th century offered ordinary people the unique opportunity to dream beyond the traditional confines of family and community. These new opportunities were...

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  • Commentary on a Foreign Affairs Article

    In his review of “The Power of Market Creation: How Innovation Can Spur Development” by Bryan Mezue, Clayton Christensen, and Derek van Bever, William Johnson describes three types of innovation that drive economic and employment growth: “sustaining innovation,” “efficiency innovation,” and most importantly for achieving transformative growth and prosperity in international development, “market-creating innovation.”  He explains that if decision...

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  • A response to “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”

    In her response to Nicholas Burnett and Shubha Jayaram’s “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”, Youth Advisory Board member Michaella Munyuzangabo notes that while extra-curricular activities can be downplayed by teachers, especially in Africa, they can be very important in developing non-cognitive skills for students who will use them in the workplace.   Parents and students, employers, and school officials...

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  • The Good Jobs Strategy

    In The Good Jobs Strategy Zeynep Ton explores the question of what makes a company successful. Contrary to popular belief, she argues, a company can adopt a low cost strategy that promotes investments in employees.  

    The rule of thumb for many companies has been to drive down wages and operation costs, creating a vicious cycle of disinvestment in search of higher...

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  • Snapshot of Trends in USAID Workforce Development Programming

    The Workforce Connections inventory is an evolving collaborative learning initiative in support of the project’s objective to generate, synthesize, and disseminate evidence. We examined a USAID-funded portfolio of $1.2 billion of projects awarded since 2008 that involve workforce development.  Based on this review, we present here a preliminary analytical snapshot. 

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  • Response to Paul Krugman's op-ed "Jobs and Skills and Zombies"

    In her response to Paul Krugman’s op-ed “Jobs and Skills and Zombies”, Youth Advisory Board member Kim Ouillette notes that while there is not a national skills shortage that can explain high unemployment in the US, there are some more localized, industry-specific skills gaps that can be addressed through structured training programs. However, she argues, these technical fixes should not...

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Who's Doing What


The UNEVOC Network is a global platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the aim to further mainstream South-South and North-South-South cooperation. The Network is made up of UNEVOC Centers, established in TVET institutions in UNESCO Member...

Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD)

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and advocacy platform of leading U.S.-based youth and community development organizations. The Alliance provides an opportunity for engaged organizations and individuals to share effective practices...

Council on Education and Skills, World Economic Forum

The Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills focuses on improving education worldwide with the goal of encouraging productivity, innovation, job creation and ultimately, economic growth. The Network of Global Agenda Councils is a global community of...