RTI International

RTI International sponsored a research project examining workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. The research project addresses policymakers, donors and development practitioners to improve our understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries.

Meeting the Upgrading Challenge: Dynamic Workforces for Diversified Economies: Chapter 6

The Offshore Services Global Value Chain: Economic Upgrading and Workforce Development: Chapter 4

Developing countries around the world are competing to become the next Bangalore, but they need to take various steps to ensure their human capital can meet the exacting demands and professional certifications required by developed world clients. This report looks at the industry in Chile, India, and the Philippines.

Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries

This research project examines workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. This research provides  policymakers, donors and development practitioners with an understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries. This project was funded by RTI International and was carried out by the Duke GVC Center.

Workforce Development in the Global Economy: Linking Skills and Capabilities: Chapter 1

In 2009, RTI International and the Duke University Global Value Chain Center 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.

In the context of the World Bank’s Skills Toward Employability and Productivity framework, workforce development refers to “building and upgrading job-relevant skills.

Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries

This research project examines workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. This research provides policymakers, donors and development practitioners with an understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries. This project was funded by RTI International and was carried out by the Duke GVC Center.

The Tourism Global Value Chain: Economic Upgrading and Workforce Development: Chapter 5

Global tourists are traveling further, faster and more frequently than ever before. This report indicates how developing countries can prepare their tourism workforce to provide the high levels of customer service expected by today’s sophisticated traveler. The tourism industry in Costa Rica, Jordan, and Vietnam are covered in this report.

The Fruit and Vegetables Global Value Chain: Economic Upgrading and Workforce Development: Chapter 2

This report shows the shift of fruit and vegetable preparation from rural households to the urban kitchen, and highlights the new skills and global standards required of workers and suppliers in developing countries to meet the needs of global supermarkets. Five countries are covered in this report: Honduras, Chile, Kenya, Morocco, and Jordan.

The Apparel Global Value Chain: Economic Upgrading and Workforce Development: Chapter 3

Export-processing zones in low-cost countries have become synonymous with globalization, but what is the next step for developing countries in apparel? Outlines the skills required to turn assembly lines into one-stop production centers that include design, logistics and brands. This report analyzes the industry in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lesotho, and Nicaragua.