The team working on Employment for Stability project held its last workshop on July 5th, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share the most recent results produced by the multidisciplinary research team. The objective was to share lessons and discuss the results of the research with policy makers, academics, researchers, UN and international organizations’ experts and private sector stakeholders. It was hoped that the substance of these discussions would be used to inform the development of the final report. A total of 31 people attended the half-day workshop.
The workshop program, prepared and presented by the researchers, included 3 presentations of 15–30 minutes duration, which described the evidence from six African countries on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability, the case of Rwanda as an example, and the potential roles for strategic engagement nationally, regionally and internationally to improve both development and stability.
Participants recognized the quality of the studies presented and appreciated the process undertaken by the researchers, but felt that more needed to be done to measure stability outcomes that are likely to impact on employment. The potential effects of the workshop were rather positive and the participants generally found the recommendations to be clear and comprehensible. One participant spoke of the importance of emphasizing the advantage to decision-makers of using this knowledge. Taken together, the participants recognized the utility of the results since they were able to name some concrete actions that could be taken.
This study showed the importance of workshops to inform key actors of research results and the need to undertake several different activities to increase the chances that the knowledge will be applied.