Social networks can be powerful tools for development with their massive data streams and ability to connect a range of impact-minded individuals and organizations. LinkedIn, one of the world’s largest, is doing just that to bridge gaps between employment and skills in local economies.
The professional networking service for nearly half a billion people is partnering with governments on a variety of workforce development initiatives that provide information on where labor supply can best meet local industry demand.
Targeted data on the top employers and most in-demand jobs goes towards building a strong workforce “ecosystem” while catering to LinkedIn’s mission of creating economic opportunity for its users, said Nicole Isaac, LinkedIn’s head of public policy in this video interview.
“Partnerships are about ways in which we can use all information that we have, identify requisite partners to help amplify that information and take it to the next level where it can have an impact,” she explained.
Watch the video to learn more about how LinkedIn is using its resources and reach to partner on workforce development.
Naki is a reporter for Devex Impact based in Washington, D.C., where he covers the intersection of business and international development. Prior to Devex he was a Latin America reporter for Energy Intelligence covering corporate investments and political risks in the region’s energy sector. His previous assignments abroad have posted him throughout Europe, South America and Australia.
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