Investing in Human Capital

The World Bank’s new Human Capital Index allows countries to benchmark themselves globally on the health and education investments needed to fulfil their potential. Plus: how brain scans help poor children; Rwanda’s compulsory health system; and what needs fixing in the Asian Tigers’ education system.

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The World Bank wants to galvanise countries to act by comparing how much they invest in their people

Strict targets galvanise community workers to perform — but at a price

Advances in treatment will be lost without changes to funding

This radical idea is having a moment, but the cost is too high for governments

High price of coming top of the class spurs more creative policies

Investment in schools is invisible and, unlike healthcare, takes years to show results

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