Ashwani specialises in promoting skills and employment in the rural and informal economy, employment of youth and women, skills recognition, apprenticeships and internships, gender equality, skills policy and systems, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of training institutes. degree in the governance and management of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system and institutes.He has over 30 years of professional experience in this field in Asia and Pacific, Africa and Europe. Ashwani led many research projects and publications including guides for formulating Skills Development/ TVET Policy and Recognition of Non-formal and Informal Learning.We encourage you to read the Guidance Note below for background and information on the discussion topic.
What are the examples of skills initiatives and programmes that have improved gender equality and social inclusion in rural areas?
What are the examples of skills initiatives and programmes that have improved the outcome of training, i.e. How do we ensure private sector participation in skills development in rural areas?
Skills are central to improving employability and livelihood opportunities, reducing poverty, enhancing productivity and promoting environmentally sustainable development.
Over the next two weeks, the Global KSP is launching discussions on two fronts: 1) the current skills challenges facing people living in rural areas, and; 2) and, what works in promoting and sustaining skills development in rural areas.
Flourishing rural areas are vital to regional and national development.
Education, entrepreneurship, and physical and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural regions.He is credited with the establishment of innovative skills systems and programmes in many countries, which have improved the social inclusion, gender equality and employment rates of graduates.James Windell is a Senior Technical Specialist with the ILO Skills and Employability Branch in Geneva, Switzerland.He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Regional Development from the University of California, Los Angeles.Jim joined the ILO in 1990 as a Labour Market Analyst in the Active Labour Market Policies Branch in Geneva.Since June 2013, he co-leads the ILO Area of Critical Importance on Decent Work in the Rural Economy and leads the team of Rural and Local Economy in the Employment Policy Department.He published several articles related to microfinance, MSE development and mainly local economic development and recovery. This discussion will be co-moderated by ILO Senior Specialists Ashwani Aggarwal, James Windell and Alfredo Lazarte Hoyle.Of the developing world’s 5.98 billion people, close to 3.4 billion live in rural areas, and a significant number depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.Yet poverty is more extensive and severe in rural than urban areas.In 1995 he was appointed Regional Advisor for Central Asia based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.In 1997 he moved to Moscow and served as Enterprise Specialist in the newly-established Eastern European and Central Asian Advisory Multi-disciplinary Team.