The Economic and Social Case for Human Capital Investments

"A crucial investment for countries to be competitive and successful in the economy of the future."

Human capital is essential to inclusive economic growth and wellbeing. Building human capital is, therefore, critical for all countries at all income levels to compete in the economy of the future. Countries around the world are increasingly taking action on this, with the number o... view more


Part 1: When we spoke about development in the past, it has been about building dams and roads. Now, it's about investing in people. How is that changing the work at The World Bank and why is it needed? 


Part 2: Measuring outcomes need a different way of approaching problems. The Human Capital Index approach is about putting people at the center of decision-making. 


Part 3: How do you prepare low-skilled workers and women to face the changing global economy? Beyond education and training, how else have countries wisely invested their resources? 


Part 4: Is there trade-off while making decisions about investing in human capital, for instance, putting money towards health initiatives, education or investing in growth? 

About the Presenters

Kristalina Georgieva

Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

As CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association since January 2017, Kristalina Georgieva has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people. She holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia.

Grant Robertson

Minister of Finance, New Zealand

Grant Robertson's belief in social justice and a desire to see every New Zealander able to achieve their potential led him to politics, and he has been the Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since 2008. Robertson is also New Zealand’s Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Before entering politics he was an advisor to former Prime Minister Helen Clark, had a diplomatic posting to the United Nations, and worked in research commercialisation for the University of Otago.

Zouera Youssoufou

CEO, Dangote Foundation

Zouera Youssoufou is the Managing Director and CEO of The Aliko Dangote Foundation, the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, based in Lagos, Nigeria. She leads the foundation’s efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and economic empowerment outcomes for Africans, primarily in Nigeria.

Michelle Fleury

Business Correspondent, BBC News (Moderator)

Michelle Fleury is the BBC's New York Business Correspondent and one of the leading reporters in North America for BBC World News. She's covered American business and economics for more than 10 years, working on all of the major stories of the era, including the global financial crisis: the financial collapses of Lehman Brothers and AIG, the jobless recovery and monetary policy. She regularly reports live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on financial markets and has extensive experience covering the Federal Reserve, the IMF and World Bank and G20 meetings.

Benigno López

Minister of Finance, Paraguay

Benigno López is Paraguay’s Minister of Finance. He is a member of the Strategic Committee for the National Education Transformation Plan 2030, responsible for conducting the education reform process. In addition, he serves as the President for the Fund for Education Excellence and Research, a public -private partnership to fund innovation initiatives and scholarships. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Finance, Mr. Lopez served as President of the Social Security Institute.