Unemployment is big news around the world. This week, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said the world must create 600m new jobs over the next decade to address the „global jobs crisis“. Die Internationale Arbeitsorganisation: Wir müssen in den nächsten zehn Jahren 600 Millionen Arbeitsplätze schaffen, um Arbeitslosigkeit zu überwinden!
What’s behind the global jobs crisis? What needs to happen to address the worldwide demand for more – and better – jobs? How can developing countries avoid the pitfalls of „jobless growth“? And how have prospects changed in Tunisia and Egypt, one year on from the demonstrations that toppled the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes?
To discuss these issues, John Vidal, the Guardian’s environment editor, is joined in the studio by Adam Hanieh, a lecturer in development at SOAS focusing on labour markets and globalisation, and Heike Harmgart, a senior regional economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. They are joined, down the line from Cairo, by Hania Sholkamy, an Egyptian economist at the American University of Cairo specialising in health and gender issues.
We also hear from young people in Tunis, and from Larry Elliott, the Guardian’s economics editor.