Investing in Human Capital

Human Capital Project

A Project for the World

About the HCP

This effort is about investing in HC in all countries. In order to get there, we must work on several levels. You can learn more in the descriptions below, by visiting our About page and by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • 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.
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    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.
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    Country Engagement

    The HCP will help countries tackle the worst barriers to peoples' development, using a “whole of government” approach. As of November 2019, the HCP counts 70 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.

What is the HCI?

HCI: Country Briefs and Data

Download 2-page briefs that put country data in perspective, and specialized Excel files that report detailed data, data sources, and methodology. These files are available for 157 countries that had sufficient data to calculate a HCI value in October 2018.

Afghanistan

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Albania

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Algeria

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Angola

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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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Belgium

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Benin

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Botswana

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Brazil

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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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Chad

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Chile

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China

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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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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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Ethiopia

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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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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

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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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Macedonia, FYR

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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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Mauritania

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Mauritius

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Mexico

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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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Nepal

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Netherlands

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New Zealand

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Nicaragua

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Niger

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Nigeria

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Norway

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Oman

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Pakistan

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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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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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Sudan

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Eswatini

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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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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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More Human Capital Index Data

Key Reports

Investing in Human Capital

Insights from Disaggregating the Human Capital Index

This report quantifies inequalities in human capital and particularly focuses on socioeconomic and subnational spatial differences. The authors discuss 50 low- and middle-income countries with comparable data and highlight the potential of detailed disaggregation for the design of well-targeted policies.

   
Investing in Human Capital

HCP : 2019 Annual Progress Report

Read what countries have accomplished during the first full year of the HCP.

   
Investing in Human Capital

Middle East and North Africa Human Capital Plan

On October 16, 2019, The World Bank launched a new plan for MENA countries to invest in human capital by focusing on early childhood development and improving learning outcomes.

   
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Whole-of-Government Approaches

This series of four briefs explores strategies that governments have deployed to overcome barriers to investing in human capital: (i) sustaining effort across political cycles, (ii) coordinating across government, and (iii) designing policies according to evidence.

   

Human Capital

The Human Capital Project Brief

This brief provides a definition of human capital, describes the HCP goals and theory of change, and presents evidence of the importance of investing in people, economies, and societies. The HCI methodology is detailed in the appendix.

   

Investing in Human Capital

World Bank Africa Human Capital Plan

The World Bank is gearing up support to African countries to improve investment in people and lift survival, health, education, social protection and women empowerment by 2023. This regional HC plan explains how.

   

Investing in Human Capital

The Human Capital Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: Stories of progress

Investing in Africa’s people is central to ensuring the continent’s future prosperity and full participation in global markets. This overview explains how some countries in Africa have already advanced the agenda and what the Human Capital Project will do to support outcomes.

   

Investing in Human Capital

The Changing Nature of Work (World Development Report 2019)

Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. This report suggests investments in human capital and social protection can lead the way to the skills needed in a changing labor market.

   

Investing in Human Capital

Learning to Realize Education’s Promise (World Development Report 2018)

The best way to equip children and youth for the future is to place their learning at the center the education system. The 2018 World Development Report explores four main themes: 1) education’s promise; 2) the need to shine a light on learning; 3) how to make schools work for learners; and 4) how to make systems work for learning.

   

Investing in Human Capital

The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018: Building a sustainable future

This report covers national wealth for 141 countries over 20 years as the sum of produced capital, 19 types of natural capital, net foreign assets, and human capital. New data substantially improves estimates of natural capital, and, for the first time, human capital is measured by using household surveys to estimate lifetime earnings.

 

 
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