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Human Capital: Why it matters and the Experience of Building a Human Capital Index



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The Human Capital Project is a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth.

Why should countries invest in human capital? Can early health care and education prepare children to succeed and prosper as adults in a rapidly changing world? What are the barriers to nurturing human capital and how can countries overcome them?

Find out why the World Bank, countries, and partners are coming together to try to close the massive human capital gap in the world today.

Speaker Profile

Chief Economist of Human Development, The World Bank

Roberta joined the World Bank in 1998 as a Young Professional in the Development Research Group.

Her papers, which includes theoretical and empirical contributions on labor and household economics, political economy, growth, and social inclusion, are published in international refereed journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and the Journal of Development Economics.

After a period based in the Bank’s office in Bulgaria, Roberta became sector manager and Human Development Lead Economist in the Middle East and North Africa and in the Europe and Central Asia regions, overseeing work on aging, skills, jobs, pensions, social safety nets, and the Roma inclusion agenda. She also worked as Lead Economist based in the Bank’s Warsaw office and as the Global Lead for Labor policies.

Roberta is the lead author of numerous World Bank flagship reports, including Jobs for Shared Prosperity: Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa and Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma. Most recently, she and her team developed the Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Bank’s flagship Human Capital Project. Roberta holds a B.A. from Università Bocconi and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. She has also taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities.

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The open class will be in Strathmore University Business School – Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka Estate, Nairobi


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Date: 24th October 2019

Venue: Strathmore University Business School

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