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World Bank Hopes Human Capital Index Will Help Spur Investment In Health, Education

Financial Times: World Bank hopes to spur investment in people
“The World Bank wants to trigger a flurry in investments in health and education after releasing a ranking of countries based on measures of ‘human capital’ — including childhood mortality and years in schooling — that showed Singapore at the top of the table and Chad at the bottom…” (Politi, 10/10).

Financial Times: Playing catchup: funding for education still lags behind health
“While global rankings may help highlight which countries are getting better returns from their spending on health and education, many others will be unable to improve without additional money. For a long time, the education world has eyed with some jealousy the transformation of health funding…” (Jack, 10/10). This article is part of a Financial Times special report titled “Investing in Human Capital.”

Washington Post: U.S. ranks 25th for men and 32nd for women when it comes to helping residents reach their potential
“…Part of the World Bank’s goal in releasing this index is to improve measurement of human capital. At present, figures on education and health are difficult to come by, especially in the developing world. Only an estimated 38 percent of the world’s deaths are officially registered, as well as just 65 percent of its births. The bank is working to improve measurement, but at present, it’s difficult to compare human health around the world. Researchers attacked the problem by examining death rates at different ages and measuring stunting…” (Van Dam/Whalen, 10/10).

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