Inoue, Keiko

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Last updated: January 31, 2023
Keiko Inoue is the World Bank Vietnam Program Leader for Human Development, where she coordinates the Bank’s engagements on education; health, nutrition and population; and social protection, labor, and jobs. She joined the Bank in 2005 and has managed multi-disciplinary investment projects, regional and country-specific analytical products, reimbursable advisory services, and complex client relations. She has worked in over 15 countries including low and middle income and fragile and conflict affected countries, spanning East Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Europe and Central Asia Regions. Her areas of technical expertise include skills development and employment, youth development, education reforms, and gender. Prior to joining the Bank, Keiko taught at Stanford University. A Japanese national, she holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. 

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    Vietnam’s Human Capital: Education Success and Future Challenges
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-08-03) Kataoka, Sachiko; Vinh, Le Anh; Kitchlu, Sandhya; Inoue, Keiko
    Education policy makers around the world marvel at Vietnam’s success in access to general education and learning outcomes. Despite the country’s relatively low level of economic development, Vietnamese students outperform students in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries on average in the program for international student assessment. What are the factors that have allowed Vietnam to achieve such success? This note shows that Vietnam’s education system shares common characteristics with other successful education systems in East Asia. While some of these factors are sociocultural - which may not be easily replicable in other countries - others are policy decisions from which leaders of other countries may learn. Following the evolution of education in postwar Vietnam, from 1975 to the present, this note highlights the key reforms pursued by the government and the resulting achievements, as well as the obstacles encountered along the way. The note also discusses challenges that Vietnam’s education system faces today in reaching its full potential as a knowledge-based economy.
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    Out-of-School Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa : A Policy Perspective
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2015-02-27) Inoue, Keiko; di Gropello, Emanuela; Gresham, James
    The economic and social prospects are daunting for the 89 million out-of-school youth who comprise nearly half of all youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within the next decade, when this cohort becomes the core of the labor market, an estimated 40 million more youth will drop out, and will face an uncertain future with limited work and life skills. Furthermore, out-of-school youth often are policy orphans, positioned between sectors with little data, low implementation capacity, lack of interest in long-term sustainability of programs, insufficient funds, and little coordination across the different government agencies. This report provides a diagnostic analysis of the state of out-of-school youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the 12- to 24-year-old cohort. This report also examines the decision path youth take as they progress through the education system and the factors that explain youth's school and work choices. It finds that individual and household characteristics, social norms, and characteristics of the school system all matter in understanding why youth drop out and remain out of school. In particular, six key factors characterize out-of-school youth: (i) most out-of-school youth drop out before secondary school; (ii) early marriage for female youth and (iii) rural residence increase the likelihood of being out of school; (iv) parental education level and (v) the number of working adults are important household factors; and (vi) lack of school access and low educational quality are binding supply-side constraints. Policy discussions on out-of-school youth are framed by these six key factors along with three entry points for intervention: retention, remediation, and integration. This report also reviews policies and programs in place for out-of-school youth across the continent. Ultimately, this report aims to inform public discussion, policy formulation, and development practitioners' actions working with youth in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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    How to Jump Start Vietnam's Economy?
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-04) Inoue, Keiko
    COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented shock to the global economy. While Vietnam has shown resilience, the pandemic has resulted in a supply shock as regular work and supply chains are disrupted. It has also caused a demand shock as people cut back their consumption of several services and commodities, not only for restaurants and travel, but throughout the economy given their extreme uncertainties about their economic future. So far, the Government has been very effective in containing the pandemic with a limited number of cases and no registered deaths. The Government has also been active in providing immediate support to the most affected people and businesses through the easing of monetary and credit policies as well as the implementation of a series of fiscal measures. Hopefully the economy will withhold and start to rebound gradually. But it won’t be easy to restart a modern interconnected global economy while the world awaits the arrival of a vaccine that has yet to be discovered. Recovery will begin when health officials can assure people that the new coronavirus has been contained and the mainstream availability of test kits, both to identify the infected and people with antibodies.