The Future of Work in Sub-Saharan Africa

December 13, 2018

Will technology complement people's work and raise living standards? Or replace them with robots? (photo: iStock by Getty Images/pixone)

In This Episode

Advances in technology are already shaking up the landscape for jobs in many regions around the world. But with its rapidly growing population, sub-Saharan Africa stands to be particularly impacted by the wave of technological innovation known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa looks at how technology and other factors like climate change and trade might affect the region's job market. Economist Axel Schimmelpfennig led the study on the future of work, and in this podcast he says one of the challenges for the region is to support those workers who are being dislocated by technological change.

This new research will be discussed at the Future of Work in Sub-Saharan Africa conference in Ghana, Dec. 17, 2018.

Axel Schimmelpfennig is a Division Chief, and heads the Uganda team in the IMF's Africa department.

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