Sabina Dewan

President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network


Sabina Dewan is President and Executive Director of the JustJobs Network, which she co-founded with John Podesta in 2013. Sabina has built in the JustJobs Network an innovative, international think tank focused on finding strategies to create more and better employment worldwide. Formerly, she was a Senior Fellow and Director for International Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress for six years.

Sabina’s research focuses on the role of quality employment in building equitable economies around the globe. She has published on a range of economic issues, from the impact of trade and globalization on employment to the nexus of renewable energy and job creation.

Her career has spanned continents, taking her from the International Labour Organization in Switzerland, and the European Commission in Belgium, to grassroots organizations in India. She is a frequent media contributor, having appeared in print and television outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, US News, as well as CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. Sabina splits her time between Washington, D.C. and New Delhi.

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    Labour laws could be good for business in the country

    Recent discontent in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar has been manifesting in a different kind of collective action: ‘job riots’. Perhaps this is unsurprising, given the employment crisis that plagues India, but the crisis in UP is in the spotlight because the state is in the throes of a high-stakes election.

    Entrepreneurship 11 February 2022

    Is Entrepreneurship A Viable Alternative To Jobs?

    How practical is it to aspire to be self-employed? Does it pay off for all those who venture? What are the pitfalls?

    Others 8 February 2022

    The country’s quest for scale shouldn’t overlook quality

    With 1.4 billion people, India is well on its way to becoming the world’s most populous country, beating China. Our youth population alone is larger than the total population of the US, or that of any other industrialized country. It is understandable then that a quest to achieve scale is among the top priorities of the government’s development interventions.

    Technology 31 January 2022

    Technology, Equality and the Future of Work in South and South East Asia

    This paper seeks to take stock of the main dimensions shaping the future of work in the South and South East Asia and present key messages and policy recommendations to create an innovative and inclusive future of work.

    by Sabina Dewan et al.

    Labour Regulations need Both Clarity and Uniformity

    Labour regulations in India are as sensitive a subject as they are complex and cumbersome. Workers are often rightly identified as the lifeblood of any organization or industry.

    Trade and Supply Chains 5 January 2021

    Just Jobs in Global Value Chains: Defining Inclusive Industrialization for ASEAN

    Over the last three decades, the world has seen a shift away from arms-length trade brokered through trade agreements between governments toward a fragmentation of production processes across nations carried out through private transactions between firms. 

    by Sabina Dewan et al.
    8 December 2020

    Rethinking the World of Work

    The pandemic is accelerating the advancement of technology, which was already restructuring labor markets. For many, technology has enhanced efficiency and enabled remote work, but for others, it has disrupted livelihoods. The key question is this: Whose jobs will vanish and who can access the new forms of work?

    by Sabina Dewan, Ekkehard Ernst
    Technology 2 December 2020

    Rethinking the World of Work

    Sabina Dewan, JJN President and Executive Director, writes a piece with Ekkehard Ernst, International Labour Organization, on "Rethinking the World of Work" for the International Monetary Fund's quarterly magazine "Finance & Development".

    by Sabina Dewan, Ekkehard Ernst
    Technology 25 November 2020

    Policy Options for Regulating Platform Work

    As the nature of work changes and more individuals derive an income from platform work, existing labour and social protection regulations are no longer fit for purpose. JJN and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri), with support from the German Development Corporation GIZ, conducted an initial scoping study that sheds light on employment, working conditions and labour and policy regimes for platform workers.

    by Hennie Bester et al.
    Welfare and Rights 29 October 2020

    Prioritising Decent Work

    "Around the world, the pandemic is rendering once-safe jobs potentially unviable. What must governments do to keep the ambition of full, productive and decent employment for all alive?" JJN President and Executive Director Sabina Dewan contributes an article to the latest report by the United Nations Association - UK and Witan Media "Sustainable Development Goals. Building Back Better"

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