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Sustaining employment growth: The role of manufacturing and structural change

Time (GMT +00) 13:00 14:30

Speaker:  Dr Ludovico Alcorta - Director, Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch (DPR) United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Discussants: Professor Margaret McMillan - Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and a DEGRP grant holder

Professor Xiaolan Fu - Professor of Technology and International Development, University of Oxford and a DEGRP grant holder

Jodie Keane – Research Fellow, International Economic Development Group, ODI

Chair: Dr Dirk Willem te Velde -  Head of the International Economic Development Group, ODI and Research Leader, Evidence and Policy Group, DEGRP


Manufacturing, with 470 million jobs in 2009, or one in six jobs globally still matters for employment generation. In 2013, there are likely more than half a billion jobs in manufacturing. 

Manufacturing employment is rising in developing countries and falling in developed countries, but the declines in developing countries are mitigated by the growth of manufacturing related services.

Least developed countries have immense potential for industrialization in food and beverages (agroindustry), and textiles and garments, with good prospects for sustained employment generation and higher productivity.

Researchers in ODI's International Economc Development Group produced a background paper for the latest UNIDO Industrial Development Report.  To launch the report in the UK, the lead author Dr Ludovico Alcorta will speak at ODI, along with DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) and ODI experts, on 27th February. The event will explore the critical role of the manufacturing sector in sustaining economic growth and transformation.