Bridging the Skills Gap

Innovations in Africa and Asia

  • Shubha Jayaram
  • Wambui Munge
  • Bob Adamson
  • David Sorrell
  • Nitika Jain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Shubha Jayaram, Michelle Engmann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
    Pages 15-32
  4. David Sorrell
    Pages 33-53
  5. Katherine Namuddu, Nitika Jain, Bob Adamson
    Pages 55-75
  6. Guitele Nicoleau, Risa Sackman
    Pages 77-100
  7. Shubha Jayaram, Rose Musau
    Pages 101-122
  8. Michelle Engmann, Aarthi Rao, Bob Adamson
    Pages 123-141
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 143-148

About this book


This volume examines the skills development agenda for youth by exploring two key questions for sustainable livelihoods: What are the skills needed for employability in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia?  And, what skills do today’s students and secondary school leavers possess? An introductory chapter sets the stage for the discussion and analysis to follow by reviewing in broad terms the current research on relevant topics such as global youth unemployment, the relationship between skills and economic growth, and the expansion of secondary education. The following chapters synthesize a series of background studies focused on Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia, including both a general overview and an in-depth look at several countries. The chapters introduce innovative models for skills delivery, and highlight some of the key elements of successful skills models, including multi-stakeholder partnerships, updated pedagogy, and innovative financing mechanisms. Each of the book’s five core chapters covers a specific theme, and each is supplemented by case studies to illustrate the successes, challenges, and lessons learned in real-world examples.


Employability in developing countries Global youth unemployment ISESE project Inclusive skills development Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement R4D Skills development models Skills enhancement Sustainable livelihoods Systemic curricular change Workforce development Workforce readiness

Editors and affiliations

  • Shubha Jayaram
    • 1
  • Wambui Munge
    • 2
  • Bob Adamson
    • 3
  • David Sorrell
    • 4
  • Nitika Jain
    • 5
  1. 1.Results for Development Institute (R4D)Washington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Results for Development Institute (R4D)Washington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and DevelopmentThe Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong
  4. 4.Print PerfectTai PoHong Kong
  5. 5.UNESCO’s MGIEPNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49483-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49485-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1871-3041
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-221X
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