#WDR2019 starts by acknowledging the importance of learning outcomes
(Well done to the WDR2018 team for all their comms work, within and beyond the bank)
Cue backlash: theguardian.com/money/2018/apr…
The WDR2019 doesn't really champion minimum wages or unions. But it's not strongly opposed either. Implies they're OK but idealistic..
Governments may try to support local businesses by repressing labour, curbing minimum wages. This is a major concern for Bangladesh right now.
I'm yet to see the WDR2019 address this challenge..
Like the rest, it focuses on improving human capital
I don't deny the importance of this.
But it overlooks:
- slavery in global supply chains, & the failure of CSR
- landlessness & inequality in Latin America
- land grabs
- climate breakdown
But this silence basically implies the existing structure is FINE,
They just need to learn to adapt within our system.
- such as by black & indigenous domestic workers in Latin America
And only this year, in 2018, did Brazil ratify the ILO Convention on decent work for domestic workers
Whereas I thought most people would be interested in what KINDS of regulation improve jobs?
(eg. min wages, emissions caps, building safety, gender quotas)
It disregards how the ruling elite may purposefully restrict regulation so as to advance their economic interests.
E.g. Bangladeshi manufacturer-politicians resisting building safety, & the Accord.
Hence Rana Plaza.
Here's a random reference from last year:
The rise of the Hindu far right in India, & white nationalists in the US
This jeopardises political support for 'progressive universalism'/ UBI
- social norms
- gender quotas
- investment in infrastructure & care, to reduce the volume of care work
(my review here:
So it's surprising that the current WDR merely says deregulate....
If anyone disagrees, wants to clarify, or can provide evidence for the claim that improved human capital is the primary binding constraint to decent work in Sub-Saharan Africa and more broadly
Please jump in! Critique welcome