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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.

Human Capital Video Playlist

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.

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

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

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

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

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

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

Tanzania

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Thailand

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Timor-Leste

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Togo

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

Tonga

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Trinidad and Tobago

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Tunisia

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Turkey

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

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

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

West Bank and Gaza

[Brief | Data | SES-HCI]

Yemen, Rep.

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Zambia

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Zimbabwe

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Core Resources

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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.

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 September 2020, the HCP has 78 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.
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Key Reports

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The First 100 Days: Prioritizing People in the COVID Response (September 2020)

The World Bank has put people at the center of the historic response to COVID-19.  In the first 100 days of the COVID-19 operational response the World Bank has leveraged over $16 billion in funding for human capital priorities. These resources are supporting more than 100 governments to save lives, safeguard the poor and vulnerable, protect jobs, and rebuild better systems for the future. This joint HD – OPCS note reviews the unprecedented speed, scale and focus of the operational response, highlighting projects from a range of sectors, with a special section on the use of development policy operations. It also calls for support to countries to build back with stronger more resilient systems for people and economies, including to address equity and coverage gaps which have been starkly revealed by the crisis.

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Survive, Learn, Thrive: Strategic Human Capital Investments (September 25, 2020)

Human capital is the stock of accumulated knowledge, experience, and attributes that workers bring to and use in the production of goods and services in an economy. Investing in people through quality healthcare, education, social services, and job opportunities develops human capital, which is key to ending extreme poverty and creating more inclusive societies. Country reports include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

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Protecting People and Economies : Integrated Policy Responses to COVID-19 (July 29, 2020)

This report proposes several principles that can inform policy decisions when responding to the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Written with contributions across the entire World Bank, it sketches possible solutions for containing the pandemic and protecting health, for protecting human capital and livelihoods and for safeguarding the economy.

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Fostering Human Capital in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (June 19, 2020)

The formation of human capital--the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lifetimes--is critical for the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Human capital contributes not only to human development and employment but also to the long-term sustainability of a diversified economic growth model that is knowledge based and private sector driven.

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Africa Human Capital Plan Year One Progress Report : Game Changers for Investing in Africa's People (June 1, 2020)

In April 2019, we launched the Africa Human Capital Plan. This ambitious plan sets out clear targets and commitments to boost Africa's potential through its human capital. After just one year, the plan is well underway, helping African countries build momentum by leveraging investments and policy reforms across key sectors, empowering women, developing solutions tailored to the challenges of fragile and conflict-affected settings, mobilizing technology and innovation, and building knowledge and partnerships.

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