Start date: Individually
Total time commitment: 1-8h
(adjustable to your needs)
Costs: free of charge
To grasp the gig economy and its potential you need to understand the challenges and opportunities lying ahead.
The gig economy refers to a labour market comprised of short term jobs, so called ‘gigs’. These ‘gigs’ are usually completed by workers contracted on a non-permanent basis and are mediated via digital labour platforms. Flexibility, variety and freedom are key terms many associate with the gig economy. No wonder, at least 40 million people in low- and middle-income countries earn part or their entire income in the gig economy today, and the figure is rising. Digital platforms stimulate employment and income generation through the increased availability and access to digitally mediated jobs. Alongside the growth and potential are the challenges arising from the new modus of work. Digital labour platforms often trade off increased flexibility for lower employment security. Gig workers may face unfair working conditions such as poor pay, intransparent dismissal or little to no appeal procedures. At the same time, there is a lack of smart policy responses tackling these issues.
The GIZ online course addressing the regulatory challenges arising from the platformisation of work and its impact on the labour market. The course is designed for policy makers, representatives from trade unions and other civil societyorganisations, business leaders, academics and other professionals across multiple functions looking to understand the workings, possibilities, and challenges associated with the emergence of digital labour platforms. This course offers a unique opportunity to acquire an informed opinion about the practical impact of the gig economy on labour markets and the associated regulatory challenges with a focus on of low- and middle-income countries.
This course is developed by the Gig Economy initiative, which promotes fair work on digital labour platforms. As part of the Global Program on Digital Transformation, GIZ implements the initiative on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The course draws on expertise from across the globe, long-standing relationships and experience in capacity development in a variety of low and middle-income countries to provide a comprehensive exploration of the gig economy in the global South.
Delivered in collaboration with the Smart Africa Digital Academy as our distinguished advisory committee, you will encounter a community of renowned experts and dedicated professionals in the field.
Understand the main reasons for the regulatory interest in digital labour platforms around the world.
Gain knowledge on current policy struggles and explore future options for regulators to address regulatory gaps.
Grasp the general concept of the future of work and the changing employer-employee relationship. Learn about the main characteristics of new forms of work as well as the legal status of platform workers.
Understand what constitutes decent and fair work and what minimum standards in the gig economy are. Learn how digital labour platforms impact fair and equal access to social protection and social security.
Explore how data contributes to the value of platforms and why data protection, portability and ownership is contested. Understand how data and algorithms affect working conditions and the experience of workers in collective organisation, bargaining, and appeal procedures.
Explore the tools and limits of competition law to regulate digital labour platforms. Discuss the limits and potential of competition law in protecting and improving the working conditions of gig workers.
Gain an overview of the challenges arising as part of the taxation of platforms and their workers and examine solutions to address them. Examine why the current tax framework is outdated and what challenges the emergence of digital platforms introduce with regard to the long-standing taxation principle.
Learn about the position of women on digital labour platforms and their specific needs, challenges and opportunities. Explore reasons for the hurdles women face in accessing the gig economy and analyse the real potential it illustrates for many women around the world.
The online course is developed by GIZ in cooperation with the Smart Africa Digital Alliance and our advisory committee, which brings together renowned experts in the gig economy field:
Deputy Head of Unit “Future of Work, Youth Employment” in the European Commission’s DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Digital Development Global Practice
Professor of Internet Geography at the Oxford Internet Institute Director of the Fairwork Project
Director at the WageIndicator
Senior Economist at the
International Labour Organisation
Policy Officer, Seconded National Expert to European Commission
Post-doctoral Researcher and Project Manager, Fairwork, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford