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Workforce development in the global economy Linking skills and capabilities to upgrading

In 2009, RTI International and the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (Duke CGGC) convened a joint research program to help donors and developing country governments better understand the role and dynamics of workforce development in the context of global value chain (GVC) upgrading. Over the next two years, Duke CGGC led the exploratory research program in collaboration with RTI International on the role of workforce development policies and initiatives in the upgrading trajectories of key value chains. Our focus was on four industry value chains of high interest to developing country governments and international donors: fruit and vegetables, apparel, offshore services and tourism.


Psilos, P., & Gereffi, G. (2011). Workforce development in the global economy: Linking skills and capabilities to upgrading. In G. Gereffi, K. Fernandez-Stark, & P. Psilos (Eds.), Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries (pp. 1-12). Durham, NC: Duke University, Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness.