All over the world, governments today struggle to address the challenge of unemployment, provide safer working environments, and create equal opportunities for the employed to grow.
The Ethiopian Jobs Creation Commission (JCC) was created to facilitate the creation of 3 million jobs by 2020, 14 million by 2025, and 20 million by 2030.
Effective policy-making and intervention planning require a detailed overview of the labor market – something previously inaccessible to the Ethiopian government.
But in order to achieve this, they need accurate, granular, and timely data-driven insights to better understand the drivers, barriers, needs, and aspirations of the people of Ethiopia.
This ecosystem aims at fostering both data-driven policy and decision making related to the labor market, as well as linking more effectively the labor demand and supply.
The community pillar involves the engagement of different stakeholders within the ecosystem:
The governance pillar then applies the regulations, processes, and standards ensuring an effective collaboration between the different members of the community.
This is crucial during the data-sharing process among data holders to ensure accountability and protect the sustainability of the insights.
And finally, the technical pillar contains the data, algorithms, and infrastructures used to generate insights and provide services based on the data.
Dalberg Data Insights and the Jobs Creation Commission developed the Labor Market Information System portal, an interface gathering multiple data sources to paint an accurate picture of the labor market.
For example, when seeking to better understand the employment journey of women like Maskram living in rural areas of Ethiopia, the insights section illustrates the significant gender gap they face when entering the labor market.
Digitally empowering the Jobs Creation Commission provides these key stakeholders a more insightful overview of the current labor market status, but also eases the employment journey for workers, employers, and labor market intermediaries.
Thanks to this inclusive data ecosystem, Ethiopia’s government could support Maskram by better informing public employment services on sector trends and skillsets required for her employment journey, offering her a far more targeted approach towards developing her career. Dreaming of working in the public sector, Maskram can finally receive data-driven career counseling to achieve a more stable future for her and her children.
With 2 million people entering the labor market every year in Ethiopia, facing challenges similar to Maskram's, the dissemination of accurate data-driven insights remains crucial for addressing the employment crisis. Hence, a sustainable labor market data ecosystem remains a priority for Ethiopia.
Effectively defining the governance, technical, and community pillars for capturing and producing data insights will determine the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem. With the right insights, government officials can better target their initiatives, supporting people like Maskram throughout their employment journey, and offering more opportunities for Ethiopians to work at their fullest potential.