Human capital consists of the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives, enabling them to realize their potential as productive members of society.
We can end extreme poverty and create more inclusive societies by developing human capital.
This requires investing in people through nutrition, health care, quality education, jobs and skills.
Human capital development recognizes that individuals are valuable resources and assets who can contribute to the economic, social, and cultural development of a nation or a company.
By improving the capabilities and productivity of individuals, human capital development aims to enhance overall economic performance, innovation, and competitiveness.
Why now? The cost of inaction on human capital development is going up.
Without human capital, countries cannot sustain economic growth and will not have a workforce that is prepared for the more highly-skilled jobs of the future. It will also not compete effectively in the global economy.
The Human Capital Project is expected to create the political space for national leaders to prioritize transformational human capital investments.
The objective is rapid progress towards a world in which all children arrive in school well-nourished and ready to learn, can expect to attain real learning in the classroom, and are able to enter the job market as healthy, skilled, and productive adults.
Where can I learn more? Learn more about human capital by reading through the stories, blogs, and frequently asked questions (FAQ) on our website.