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The Imperative of Skills Development for the Structural Transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa : Potential for China-World Bank-Africa Collaboration

SKILLS EMPLOYMENT COLLEGE SKILLED LABOR FORCE BASIC EDUCATION TEACHERS ACADEMIC STAFF SKILLED WORKERS TRAINING CENTRES LABOR MARKET NEEDS NUMERACY ENROLLMENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS TRAINING INSTITUTIONS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT NEEDS ASSESSMENT LEVELS OF EDUCATION LABOR FORCE HEALTH CARE POSTGRADUATE LEVEL HIGHER EDUCATION PAPERS HIGHER ENROLLMENT TECHNICAL SKILLS COLLEGES TRAINING PROGRAMS EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE FACULTY LITERACY EDUCATION SECTOR KNOWLEDGE TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT SKILLED” WORKERS CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TRAINING TELECOMMUNICATIONS TEACHER TRAINING PARTNERSHIPS EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS MINISTRIES LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES VOCATIONAL EDUCATION LEARNING MBA GRADUATES RESEARCH TEACHING ENROLMENT RATES CERTIFICATION SYSTEM HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEMS EDUCATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY EDUCATED WORKFORCE HUMAN CAPITAL NEW UNIVERSITIES VOCATIONAL TRAINING INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION DROPOUT RATES WORKERS ENROLLMENT RATES PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SKILLS TRAINING SCIENCE VALUES SCHOOLS EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS KNOWLEDGE BASE PARTICIPATION CURRICULA LEARNING OUTCOMES LIFELONG LEARNING TERTIARY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TECHNICAL EXPERTISE PUBLIC EXPENDITURES EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION EXPENDITURES LITERATURE TECHNICAL COLLEGES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TEACHER BUSINESS SCHOOL SKILLED LABOR TERTIARY LEVEL COURSES ADVANCED SKILLS BASIC LITERACY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS COGNITIVE SKILLS CHILDREN SCIENTISTS POSTGRADUATE STUDIES EDUCATION TECHNICAL INSTITUTES APPLIED SCIENCES INVESTMENT INSTITUTES ON THE JOB TRAINING SKILL LEVELS YOUNG PEOPLE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE COHORT LEADERSHIP PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TECHNICAL EDUCATION QUALITY ASSURANCE WOMEN NORMAL UNIVERSITY ENROLLMENT GROWTH PUBLIC UNIVERSITY AVERAGE EDUCATION LEVEL SCHOOL GRADUATE STUDENTS SECONDARY EDUCATION TERTIARY EDUCATION EDUCATION STUDENTS UNIVERSITIES HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | East Asia and Pacific | Africa | China
2015-08-11T20:17:43Z | 2015-08-11T20:17:43Z | 2015-05

This paper proposes three ways in which China and the World Bank could collaborate in the area of skills development in Africa, building on the experience of both and recent efforts at collaboration. First, under the PASET initiative, China and the World Bank could undertake joint analytical work to assess the skills needs for different sectors in individual countries, continue the benchmarking of African universities piloted with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, share the development experience of China through targeted learning visits, and share experiences in skills development through regional forums. Second, China could support the regional initiatives of the PASET such as the establishment of the Regional Scholarship Fund for postgraduate studies in applied sciences, engineering and technology; the proposed regional TVET centres of excellence; and co-financing of the regional Africa Centres of Excellence project, currently financed by the World Bank. This would supplement China’s on-going investments, which could also benefit from the experience of well-designed programs with strong monitoring and evaluation. Third, China could co-finance country-level projects which are being prepared with World Bank assistance, focusing on technical/vocational and higher education. This will enable Chinese Ministries and institutions to learn from the experience of the World Bank and contribute to the development of the education and training system in Sub-Saharan African countries, while also contributing China’s experience in a concrete fashion.

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