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Collapse & Recovery: How COVID-19 Eroded Human Capital and What to Do About It

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The World Bank’s Human Development Flagship report, Collapse & Recovery: How COVID-19 Eroded Human Capital and What to Do About It, provides a comprehensive review of global data showing that the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed human capital at critical moments in the life cycle, scarring millions of children and young people in low- and middle-income countries.

These human capital losses threaten to reduce lifetime earnings, increase inequality, and increase social unrest for decades to come. Countries must address these problems otherwise they face generations of scarred children and youth and a catastrophic blow to economic development.

This global launch event begins with opening remarks from World Bank senior leadership and a short presentation of the report’s key findings and recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from government, civil society, and global development organizations. The panel explores the specific impacts of COVID on individuals in each life stage, the related risks to their futures, and policy options countries can consider to help address the challenges.

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00:00 Welcome

Gessye G. Safou-Mat, Communications Officer, IFC

02:15 Opening remarks

Indermit Gill, Chief Economist of the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President for Development Economics

05:23 Report presentation

Alaka Holla, Senior Economist, Human Development Chief Economist Office, World Bank
Joana Silva, Senior Economist, Human Development Chief Economist Office, World Bank

13:22 Panel discussion

Robert Jenkins, Global Director, Education and Adolescent Development, UNICEF
Santiago Levy, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, India
Norbert Schady, Chief Economist, Human Development, World Bank

50:19 Closing remarks

Mamta Murthi, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

VIDEO CHAPTERS 0:00 Collapse & Recovery: Report overview 0:47 COVID-19 impact on early childhood 1:36 The impact of school closures 2:19 COVID-19 impact on youth 3:31 What can countries do? 5:21 Let's get started

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