“If developing countries can’t create millions of jobs every year, explosive tensions build up in society.”

In the second podcast from the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence research consortium, Mushtaq Khan and Jessica Sinclair Taylor discuss his work applying the ACE approach to the skills development sector in Bangladesh.

Funding skills development to increase employability is popular among governments and development donors, especially given fears of social disruption from high unemployment. Yet fraud is rife among skills training organisations who exploit loopholes to claim payments for trainees who haven’t secured a job. And employers who need skilled employees to increase their productivity aren’t using them effectively.

What do the tensions which enable this corruption mean for designing anti-corruption strategies – and for the donors supporting better skills and jobs in developing countries?