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Human Capital Project

A Project for the World

Welcome to the Human Capital Project (HCP), a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it's even more important to understand why countries should invest in human capital (HC) and protect hard-won gains from being eroded. Find out why the World Bank, countries, and partners are coming together to try to close the massive HC gap in the world during COVID-19 and afterwards. Check out the updated 2020 Human Capital Index, our videos, visualizations, frequently-asked-questions, and more. You too can help those around the world to #InvestinPeople.

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Technologies accelerate human capital development and improve service delivery, productivity, and innovation in South Asia.

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Without decisive investments, the scars of the COVID-19 shock on human capital and future productivity could become permanent.

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About the HCP

The HCP aims to protect and invest in people. We host the following related webpages: About, Case Studies, Country Knowledge ExchangesKey Reports, and Frequently Asked Questions. As of July 2021, the HCP has 82 countries participating and takes action in three distinct areas. Learn more by clicking on the topics below.

  • Human Capital

    The Human Capital Index (HCI)

    The HCI provides a new definition of human capital and quantifies the contribution of health and education to the productivity of the next generation of workers. Countries can use it to assess how much income they are foregoing because of HC gaps, and how much faster they can turn these losses into gains if they act now.
  • Investing in Human Capital

    Measurement & Research

    Credible measurement of education and health outcomes is critical locally, nationally, and globally. Within countries, measurement leads to insights into what works and where to target resources. It also increases policy makers’ awareness of the importance of investing in human capital, creating momentum for action. Globally, comprehensive measurement sheds light on the differences between countries, and spurs demand for investments in human capital.
  • Investing in Human Capital

    Country Engagement

    The HCP will help countries tackle the worst barriers to peoples' development, using a “whole of government” approach. As of September 2020, the HCP counts 78 countries as part of its network of committed governments who have expressed interest to invest in human capital at the highest levels. In addition, a number of “Human Capital Champions”—world leaders, thought leaders, celebrities, and others—have signed on to advocate for the next generation.

Human Capital Video Playlist

Core Resources

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Africa Human Capital Plan (Year Two)

Report

This progress report, highlights how the World Bank has supported countries in Africa to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a story of speed, scale, and ambition and an enduring commitment to investing in Africa’s people.

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COVID-19

Recording

In this 90-minute event, government leaders, NGO partners, and innovators delivered showcased policy actions and both public and private sector-led responses to address COVID-19 impacts on human capital.

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HCP Focal Point Network Series

Peer learning series

This series of webinars promotes direct learning and exchange among the Focal Points, enabling them to share experience and accelerate human capital outcomes. The live sessions are restricted to participation by the focal points, but afterward, the recordings are shared as a public good.

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Key Reports

Webpage

How are countries investing in people? What tools are available to support human capital development? Access a curated list of reports and briefs here.

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Human Capital Project Case Studies Series

Report Series

Building Human Capital: Lessons from Country Experiences is a series of case studies commissioned by the Human Capital Project team to examine the development trajectories of selected countries that have prioritized investments in key human capital outcomes.

Recent Reports

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Technology and Human Capital in South Asia (September, 2021)

This report looks at how South Asia could capitalize on technologies to accelerate human capital development and promote adaptability and resilience to future shocks. These breakthroughs can improve service delivery, productivity, and innovation, but they can also exacerbate inequalities and eliminate people’s agency and empowerment. The report analyzes these trends in the region, offering a comprehensive agenda to exploit the opportunities offered by converging technologies while minimizing the risks to vulnerable populations. It proposes strategies for building public sector capacity and promoting data and technology governance frameworks in a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

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Children: The Hidden Pandemic 2021 (July)

This report presents statistical data from 192 countries on children experiencing COVID-19-associated orphanhood and death of grandparent caregivers. It includes data from March 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021 and provides the most extensive estimates yet on the current and projected number of children experiencing orphanhood and death of caregivers. The report demonstrates that protecting children from the dire, potentially irreversible threats of this health emergency demands both immediate and sustained action at all levels.

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Africa Human Capital Plan - Year Two Progress Report (June, 2021)

This Year Two Progress Report, Investing in People for a Resilient and Inclusive Recovery, highlights how the World Bank has supported countries in Africa to weather the COVID-19 pandemic crisis during the past year. It is a story of speed, scale, and ambition and an enduring commitment to investing in Africa’s people.

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Human Capital Project : Year 2 Progress Report (October 15, 2020)

Human capital is central to the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and raise the incomes of the bottom 40 percent of people in each country. The vision of the Human Capital Project (HCP) is a world in which all children reach their full potential—growing up well-nourished and ready to learn, attaining real learning in the classroom, and entering the job market as healthy, skilled, and productive adults. The HCP Network now has 78 countries on board and works to support and connect policy makers as they share experiences and best practices, including during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, which is a threat to hard-won human capital gains. 

News and Events

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The 2020 HCI: Visualization

2020 HCI: Country Briefs and Data

Download 2-page briefs that put HCI country data in perspective with complementary indicators, and specialized Excel files that include detailed HCI data, sources, and methods. These files are available for 174 countries that had sufficient data to calculate an HCI value in September 2020. You can download the full HCI 2020 report here.

Looking for more data? Visit the WBG Databank to see the online HCI database, the HCI World Development Indicator interface, or to find additional metadata. The HCI 2020 also references the socioeconomically-disaggregated Human Capital Index (SES-HCI). 

Afghanistan

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Albania

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Algeria

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Angola

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Antigua and Barbuda

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Argentina

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Armenia

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Australia

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Austria

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Azerbaijan

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Bahrain

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Bangladesh

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Belarus

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Belgium

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Benin

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Bhutan

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Botswana

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Brazil

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Brunei Darussalam

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Bulgaria

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Burkina Faso

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Burundi

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Cambodia

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Cameroon

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Canada

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Central African Republic

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Chad

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Chile

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China 1

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Colombia

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Comoros

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Congo, Dem. Rep.

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Congo, Rep.

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Costa Rica

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Côte d'Ivoire

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Croatia

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Cyprus

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Czech Republic

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Denmark

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Dominica

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Dominican Republic

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Ecuador

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Egypt, Arab Rep.

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El Salvador

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Estonia

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Eswatini

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Ethiopia

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Fiji

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Finland

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France

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Gabon

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Gambia, The

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Georgia

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Germany

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Ghana

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Greece

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Grenada

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Guatemala

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Guinea

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Guyana

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Haiti

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Honduras

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Hong Kong SAR, China

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Hungary

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Iceland

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India 1

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Indonesia

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Iran, Islamic Rep.

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Iraq

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Ireland

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Israel

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Italy

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Jamaica

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Japan

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Jordan

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Kazakhstan

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Kenya

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Kiribati

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Korea, Rep.

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Kosovo

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Kuwait

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Kyrgyz Republic

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Lao PDR

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Latvia

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Lebanon

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Lesotho

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Liberia

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Lithuania

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Luxembourg

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Macao SAR, China

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Madagascar

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Malawi

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Malaysia

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Mali

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Malta

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Marshall Islands

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Mauritania

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Mauritius

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Mexico

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Micronesia, Fed. Sts.

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Moldova

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Mongolia

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Montenegro

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Morocco

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Mozambique

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Myanmar

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Namibia

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Nauru

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Nepal

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Netherlands

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New Zealand

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Niger

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Nigeria

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North Macedonia

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Nicaragua

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Norway

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Oman

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Pakistan

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Palau

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Panama

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Papua New Guinea

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Paraguay

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Peru

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Philippines

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Poland

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Portugal

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Qatar

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Romania

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Russian Federation

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Rwanda

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Samoa

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Saudi Arabia

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Senegal

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Serbia

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Seychelles

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Sierra Leone

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Singapore

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Slovak Republic

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Slovenia

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Solomon Islands

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South Africa

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South Sudan

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Spain

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Sri Lanka

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St. Kitts and Nevis

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St. Lucia

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Sudan

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Sweden

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Switzerland

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Tajikistan

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Tanzania

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Thailand

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Timor-Leste

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Togo

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Tonga

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Trinidad and Tobago

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Tunisia

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Turkey

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Tuvalu

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Uganda

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Ukraine

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United Arab Emirates

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United Kingdom

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United States

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Uruguay

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Uzbekistan

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Vanuatu

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Vietnam

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West Bank and Gaza

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Yemen, Rep.

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Zambia

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Zimbabwe

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