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How the newly jobless are being used to build a better post-virus world

Jobless Thais are being employed to fight against climate change and inequality, providing a blueprint for recovery

Rina Chandran

As countries look to revive their economies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, strengthening climate defences and raising the living standards of vulnerable communities can generate jobs and help guard against future shocks, development experts said.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has forecast that nearly half the global workforce is at risk of losing its livelihood because of the health crisis, with younger workers disproportionately affected.

In Thailand, a project to upgrade irrigation systems in the drought-prone northeast is employing workers who have lost their jobs, providing a blueprint for recovery, said the head of the country’s non-profit Royal Initiative Discovery Foundation...

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