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The Human Capital Crisis: Building a New Social Contract

December 03, 2018

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Globally, 151 million children are stunted. Millions of children are in school but not learning. There is an urgent human capital crisis – in South Africa, across the continent, and around the world. There is no way to achieve our goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity unless we help countries invest more – and more effectively – in their people. In a speech at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will discuss the state of the world’s human capital and what must happen now to enable young people – and countries – to compete in the economy of the future.


Former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Former President, World Bank Group

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand

Vice-Principal, University of the Witwatersrand