CfP: “Labour Market Transitions of Young People in Developing Countries”

Deadline: 30 September 2015
Open to: researcher with a keen interest in problems of labour market transitions
Venue: February 2016, Geneva, Switzerland


The ILO “Work4Youth” Project and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) invite researchers to submit proposals for innovative research papers relevant to labour market transitions of young women and men in developing countries. This call for papers will culminate at the second Global Research Symposium on “Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men: Innovative research from 30 ‘school-to-work transition survey’ (SWTS) datasets” which will be held during February 2016. More detailed information on the venue and date will made available later this year.

The aim of the symposium is to promote the exchange of innovative research and ideas for translating its implications into policy and practice. The event will gather researchers from leading research institutions and development practitioners. The research discussed at the event will draw from the SWTSs implemented between 2012 and 2015 in 30 countries covering five regions of the world. In particular, the Symposium will be organized around the following three themes relevant to issues of labour market transitions of young people:

  1. Conditions of work;
  2. Inequalities of opportunity;
  3. Labour market transitions.


Research papers should be based on one or several of the recent “school-to-work transition survey (SWTS)” datasets from 30 countries. These surveys offer a wealth of information on the characteristics of education, conditions of work, aspirations and labour market transitions of young people in following 30 countries:

  • Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa, Vietnam;
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine;
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Peru;
  • Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Tunisia;
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.


  • Authors of eight papers will be invited to present their work at the main sessions of the second Global Symposium to be held during February 2016 (all expenses covered);
  • Depending on the quality of the piece, the selected papers will be published in an ILO research compendium under the ILO Work4Youth Publication Series in 2016 or as individual papers;
  • The two finalist papers will also receive an award of USD 1,000 each.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2015. Those interested should submit a 2-3-page proposal to The papers should address one or more of the three themes of the Symposium (1. Conditions of work; 2. Inequalities of opportunity; 3. Labour market transitions) and can be national, cross-country, regional or global in scope. The proposal should include:

  • Full paper title;
  • Full name, affiliation, address, phone/fax/e-mail of one author for all correspondence;
  • Recent C.V. of principal author;
  • For all other authors, full name, affiliation and e-mail;
  • Identification of the relevant theme (1-3 above);
  • Short introductive summary (approximately 1,000 words);
  • Arguments regarding the paper’s relevance;
  • Methodology to be utilized;
  • Summary of the main findings and conclusions.

The authors of the selected proposals will be contacted no later than 16 October 2015.  Finalized draft papers should be then submitted by 31 January 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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