Social Panorama of Latin America 2001-2002

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This publication explores issues related to the Millennium Development Targets and discusses whether Latin American countries may achieve the objectives unanimously adopted by members states of the United Nations for 2015.The book examines the region's ability to meet the targets for reducing extreme poverty and ensuring universal access to primary education under conditions of gender equality. Moreover, it looks at Latin American countries' potential to absorb the growing supply of skilled human resources and deals with the issue of social capital in terms of its potential and the limitations of poverty reduction programmes. Numerous tables, figures, and boxes are included to help illustrate data.



The availability of skilled human resources in latin america and its evolution during the 1990s

The first aspect that must be analysed with regard to the supply of skilled human resources needed by the economies in order to raise their systemic competitiveness and adequately meet the demands of globalization is the capacity of the school system and the human resources training system in general to provide the countries with a labour force endowed with technical and professional qualifications. How fast are these resources being expanded in the various countries of the region? How are women participating, as compared with men, in this expansion? What proportion of the total population of working age have received post–secondary technical or professional training in the Latin American countries, and what differences exist between the countries in this respect?


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