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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (iv) whole of government approach
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.