Platforms and Online Workers in India and Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Decent Work 




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Video GIGA Talk Online Workers

  • The emergence of online labour platforms in the Global South is rapidly changing the world of work. On the one hand, online work may create new opportunities for those who would otherwise have no access to similarly gainful employment or be able to join the global knowledge economy. On the other, online work may put pressure on labour markets (and labour rights) in the Global North, as online work is outsourced to the lowest bidders in the Global South. Online workers from the Global South may perform mundane, low-paid work at arms-length, without much learning or significant contractual benefits, and without pathways to high-value services in the global knowledge economy. These and other issues will be discussed in this GIGA Talk, as based on new findings by GIGA researchers as well as other experts.

    Speakers: Sandra Flicke-Lötzsch (tbc.) is Component Lead at atingi and Former Head of Project “Future of Work” at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

    Dr. Otto Kässi is aResearcher at the Etla Economic Research Institute and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.

    Tevin Tafese is a Research Fellow at the GIGA.

    Elvis Melia is a Researcher at Universität Duisburg-Essen and a Research Associate at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS).

    Dr. Uma Rani is Senior Economist at the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

    Moderator: Prof. Dr. Jann Lay is Lead Research Fellow and Head of the Research Programme “Globalisation and Development” at the GIGA.


    We offer our events digitally or in hybrid setting. We monitor the current pandemic situation and act accordingly. We look forward to your participation.

    GIGA Working Papers | 04/2023

    Africa’s Emergent Tech Sector: Its Characteristics and Impact on Development and Labour Markets

    This study investigates the characteristics of Africa’s tech sector and its impact on economic development, specifically on labour markets. Using a novel database, we show how African startups are increasingly driving development through locally adapted “home-grown” digital technologies.

    Research Project | 01/07/2022 - 31/03/2023

    Platforms and Online Workers in India and Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Decent Work

    Technological advances and digitalisation are rapidly transforming the world of work, and the emergence of online labour platforms is one manifestation of this. The resulting labour market outcomes and dynamics are not well understood, particularly in the Global South. This project consists of a series of four studies that contribute to understanding the characteristics and dynamics of online work in India and selected African countries.
    GIZ, 2022-2023


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