On November 8th, Centro Latam Digital held a seminar tiled “The Future of Work in the Global South” to discuss and highlight research on the effects of digitization and automation on work in developing countries. This event was organized in partnership with CIPPEC and aimed to bring together experts on the future of work from various sectors (academia, civil society and the private sector) to provide insight, present areas of future research and make recommendations on priority and strategic areas of focus.
The event took place at CIDE’s campus in Mexico City and brought together group of representatives from civil society organizations, government, researchers and students. Panelists included: Ramiro Albrieu, program manager at CIPPEC; Roxana Barrantes, researcher at Instituto de Estudios Peruanos; Daniel Casados, director of strategy and partnerships at the Mexican Ministry of Economy, Hernan Galperin, researcher at USC Annenberg and Centro Latam Digital affiliate; Judith Mariscal, Executive Director at Centro Latam Digital and CIDE researcher; and Mariana Viollaz, labor expert and future of work researcher at Centro Latam Digital.
Panelists discussed the challenges faced by countries in the region of adapting to technological changes, the polarization of job markets and automation, and how education systems in the region are failing to respond to these changes. In addition, experts discussed the need for adequate data collection, including qualitative data, to understand the challenges, benefits and skills needed in the gig economy, online work, and other forms of digital labor. Mariana Viollaz, for example, provided insight from a recent study conducted for Centro Latam Digital emphasizing the gender gaps found in the digital labor market and the barriers faced by women in the region.
Click here for a recording of the seminar.