The Global Development Agenda after the Great Recession of 2008-2009: Revisiting the Seoul Development Consensus - Papers and Proceedings of the Employment Policy Department Knowledge-Sharing Conference

The Employment Policy Department’s One-Day Knowledge-Sharing Conference took place on 21 November 2011 at ILO headquarters in Geneva. Its goal was to provide a forum for distinguished external experts to share their knowledge on the evolution of the global development agenda after the great recession of 2008-2009. In addition, by revisiting the framework of the Seoul Development Consensus, the conference sought to assess whether it should and could be implemented with greater vigour in the current economic context of the G20 countries. It was also a great opportunity to discuss how to build a new development framework by sharing different country case studies.

Record of proceedings | 06 March 2012
Approximately 60 ILO representatives and external experts conducted spirited discussions in the course of two interrelated but distinct sessions.
The first session of the conference revisited the Seoul Development Consensus (SDC) that was unveiled by G20 members in the Republic of Korea in 2010. It also reviewed the rationale behind the SDC, explored its current status, reflected on future prospects and invited a more critical examination by asking experts to assess whether another “development consensus” was really needed. The afternoon session was devoted to the theme of ‘job creation and development’, a theme that is at the core of ILO’s mandate as well as of the SDC. The speakers explored pathways to job creation that went beyond the customary focus on manufacturing as a vehicle for rapid development and job creation. Case studies from Africa were used to enrich the proceedings. The proceedings and the knowledge generated during the conference are summarized in the papers and proceedings of the conference. Although there were five presentations, four papers are reproduced in this volume as the fifth paper was not available for circulation.