Past events

November 23, 2016
Hanoi Vietnam

The r4d team from Vietnam organized a conference on technological innovation and jobs in Vietnam held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

October 27, 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam

The r4d team from Vietnam organizes a workshop to present r4d survey results on technological upgrading and employment in Vietnam, held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

September 26, 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam

The r4d team from Vietnam organizes a seminar on “Improving Vietnam’s sectoral productivity“, held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

September 3, 2016
Bern, Switzerland

The r4d team organizes the 1st r4d Employment conference on “Employment Effects of Different Development Policy Instruments” at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

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August 22 –
September 2, 2016
Bern, Switzerland

The World Trade Institute offered two summer school courses on the r4d related topics:

Topic: “Trade and Labor in Developing Economies”
by Dr. Eddy Bekkers (World Trade Institute, University of Bern),
from 22-26 August, and on

Topic: “Advanced Panel Data Econometrics”,
by Univ. Prof. Michael Pfaffermayr (University of Innsbruck),
from 29 August-2 September.

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August 5-8, 2016
Cox’s Bazar,

The r4d team from Bangladesh organized a training workshop on gravity modeling in international trade. It was held in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

July 21-23, 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The r4d team from Ethiopia presented their research at the 14th International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

June 20-22, 2016
Kigali, Rwanda

The Ethiopian team presented its research at the conference on “Recent Trends in Economic Development, Finance and Management Research in Eastern Africa” held at Kigali, Rwanda, on June 20-22.

June 1, 2016
New Delhi, India

Selim Raihan (r4d team Bangladesh) talked about “Managing growth for Social inclusion in Bangladesh” at the IHD and World Bank Conference on “Prosperity, Equality and Sustainability: Perspectives and Policies for a Better World” held on June 1-3 in New Delhi, India. The conference was a joint cooperation of the Indian Institute for Human Development and the World Bank. The aim of the conference was to expand the knowledge base about frameworks and methods available to inform policy design towards promoting prosperity, social inclusion and sustainability and to learn about different ways of overcoming practical challenges while conducting policy analysis and incorporating its findings into policy .

May 18-19, 2016
Accra, Ghana

Emmanuel Nii Abbey and Festus Ebo Turkson of the r4d team in Ghana presented their research at the 13th African Finance Journal Conference on “Research Trends in Accounting, Finance and Economics for Africa’s Development”. The conference was held on May 18-19 in Accra, Ghana.


April 21, 2016
Antananarivo, Madagascar

The r4d team in Madagascar organized two workshops with policy makers at the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training. The topic was “Implementation of the National Employment Policy“. The workshops took place on April 21 and May 19 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

April 19-22, 2016
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

ARTNeT, in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale (GIZ, Germany) and our partner in Bangladesh, the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), organized a capacity building workshop on “Introduction to Gravity Modelling ” on 18-22 April in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The workshop aimed to build the capacity of policy researchers and analysts in Mongolia on evidence-based policy formulation and analysis, with a particular reference to gravity models for trade-policy analysis.

February 25, 2016
Accra, Ghana

The r4d team from Ghana organized a stakeholder workshop to present findings on FDI, innovation and employment effects held in Accra, Ghana.

February 20, 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh

The South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) organized the SANEM Annual Economists’ Conference 2016, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The presented papers are available for download.

Download the book on Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh: Studies on Labor and Employment.

December 3, 2015
New Delhi, India

Organized by ICRIER, an International Conference on “Jobs for Development: Creating Jobs in South Asia” was held during December 3-4, 2015 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India. Dr. Selim Raihan (Executive Director, SANEM) delivered a presentation on “Dynamics of Urban Informal Employment in Bangladesh” during the first session on “Informality of Jobs”. Dr. Dev Nathan (Professor, IHD, New Delhi, India) was the chair for this session.

November 20, 2015

The R4D team from Madagascar takes part in the Training for Insertion workshop in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

November 15, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland

Ruya Gokhan Kocer of the r4d team in Geneva organized a seminar on “The impact of neoliberal policies on the thinking patterns about competition, property rights and capital accumulation” at the University of Geneva.

November 11, 2015
Hanoi, Vietnam

R4D-Workshop on Connecting Vietnamese Enterprises to Global markets organized by the r4d-Vietnam Team, at the Foreign Trade University.

Conference proceedings were published as a printed copy. (access the website in Vietnamese language)

October 20, 2015
Addis Ababa,

Constructing Comparable Datasets in a Developmental Context with Firm-Level Data
R4D Workshop – 20 October 2015, Addis Ababa University

The r4d team has organized a workshop at Addis Ababa University which brought together experts on data collection with a specific focus on firm-level data, PhD students and scientists involved in the project. The goal was to pool all the know-how we gather within the project about data collection and comparability.

(for details download the program)

October 19, 2015
Addis Ababa,

Development and Employment: Projects, Problems, and Prospects
R4D Roundtable Discussion – 19 October 2015, Addis Ababa University

The R4D Employment project is committed to producing findings relevant for actual policy-making and this requires interaction with societal actors involved in development policies. Therefore, we have organized a roundtable discussion to bring our project scientists and various stakeholders together.

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October 15, 2015
Hanoi, Vietnam

R4D-Workshop on Quantity and quality of employment in Vietnam organized by the r4d-Vietnam Team, at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM).

October 12, 2015

The R4D team from Madagascar takes part in the workshop on National Consultation on promotion of social protection for rural workers
in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

October 3, 2015
Addis Ababa,

Tadele Ferede (R4D Team Ethiopia) presents his work at the 22nd Regular General Assembly of Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

September 19, 2015
Addis Ababa,

R4D Ethiopian team organizes a talk about Sectoral Growth and Structural Transformation
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

September 2, 2015
Cape Town,
South Africa

July 15, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland

The r4d team in Geneva takes part at the “ILO Regulating for Decent Work Conference” at the ILO office in Geneva, Switzerland.

June 25, 2015

Radio interview with Faly Rakotomanana from the R4D team from Madagascar on the efficiency of informal activities on Radio “Mayotte Première”.

May 13, 2015
Addis Ababa,

R4D-Workshop on Employment policies and strategies in Ethiopia: towards a productive employment
Organized by the r4d-Ethiopia team, at Addis Ababa University.

January 15, 2015
Şirince, Turkey

R4d scientific coordinator Ruya Gokhan Kocer presented his research at the “Reflections on Modernity Workshop” held at Sirince Nesin Mathematic Village, Turkey.

December 17, 2014
Accra, Ghana

R4D-Consultation Meeting with stakeholders Employment Effects of Development Policy Instruments

The objective of the R4D consultation meeting was to inform stakeholders about the objectives of two research activities under the R4D project and to obtain their perspectives on the research questions. The meeting was therefore designed to be interactive. Representatives of the Private Enterprise Foundation, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Association of Small-Scale Industry, Trades Union Congress, Ghana Investment Promotion Authority and the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund attended the meeting. A representative of the Head of the Department of Economics, Dr William Baah-Boateng, chaired the meeting.

(for details downlaod the summary)

October 24, 2014
New Delhi, India

October 9, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

Selim Raihan (R4D Team Bangladesh) presents his work at the Joint ITC-WTO Workshop on Aid For Trade and SME Competitiveness
at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland.

October 8, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

R4D-Workshop on Connecting Local Enterprises to Global Markets
Employment in the context of sustainable development 

The r4d project on Employment Effects of Different Policy Instruments organized a workshop on Connecting Local Enterprises to Global markets at the International Trade Centre (ITC) on 8 October 2014. Employment Effects of Different Policy Instruments is a research project funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development, involving a network of eight universities, in Switzerland (World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Geneva), Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Viet Nam.

(for details download the summary)

August, 2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The r4d team in Geneva took part in a discussion with policy makers entitled “exchange of views on labor market reforms and employment opportunities” at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

June 11, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

R4D-Project Presentation at the International Labour Conference 2014 Employment in the Context of Sustainable Development

The focus of the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) was on building a future with decent work. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO’s 185 member states participated at the ILC in order to tackle a wide range of issues, including labour migration and employment strategies, ways out of informality and strengthening ILC Convention 29 on forced labor. The ILC provided an ideal platform for an initial stakeholder consultation and presentation of two employment projects to an international audience, both of which are funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D) initiative: Employment Effects of Different Development Policy Instruments and Trade and Labour Market Outcomes. Dr Marion Jansen, Dr Doris Oberdabernig, Professor Marcelo Olarreaga, SDC Delegate Ms Dominique Simone Rychen and the Swiss ILO Delegation briefed tripartite ILO delegations from 9 countries. Participants included members of the ILO delegations of Ghana and Ethiopia, UNCTAD and ILO representatives, academics and representatives of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

(for details download the summary)