Human Capital

Human Capital Project


About the HCP

The HCP aims to protect and invest in people. We host the following related webpages: About, Case Studies, Country Knowledge ExchangesKey Reports, and Frequently Asked Questions. As of April 2023, the HCP has grown to a network of 87 committed governments participating and taking action in three distinct areas. Learn more by clicking on the topics below.

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The HCI provides a new definition of human capital and quantifies the contribution of health and education to the productivity of the next generation of workers. Countries can use it to assess how much income they are foregoing because of Human Capital gaps, and how much faster they can turn these losses into gains if they act now.

Learn more about the Index and the definition of Human Capital HCI Frequently Asked Questions

Credible measurement of education and health outcomes is critical locally, nationally, and globally. Within countries, measurement leads to insights into what works and where to target resources. It also increases policy makers’ awareness of the importance of investing in human capital, creating momentum for action. Globally, comprehensive measurement sheds light on the differences between countries, and spurs demand for investments in human capital.

Case Studies

The HCP will help countries tackle the worst barriers to peoples' development, using a “whole of government” approach. As of April 2023, the HCP has grown to a network of 87 committed governments who have expressed interest to invest in human capital at the highest levels. In addition, a number of “Human Capital Champions”—world leaders, thought leaders, celebrities, and others—have signed on to advocate for the next generation.

Access the human capital "Knowledge Exchange" series

Human Capital Video Playlist

Core Resources

  • Human Capital Project Conclave Banner
    World Bank/ IMF Spring and Annual Meetings

    The Human Capital Ministerial Conclave is attended by Ministers of Finance, Planning, and Budget from over 80 HCP countries, WBG Leadership, and prominent global voices from civil society and the private sector.

  • Invest in People and their Human Capital - Report Cover

    How are countries investing in people? What tools are available to support human capital development? Access a curated list of reports and briefs here.

  • Knowlegde Exchange Series - Banner
    Peer learning series

    This series of webinars promotes direct learning and exchange among the Focal Points, enabling them to share experience and accelerate human capital outcomes. The live sessions are restricted to participation by the focal points, but afterward, the recordings are shared as a public good.

  • The World Bank
    Report Series

    Building Human Capital: Lessons from Country Experiences is a series of case studies commissioned by the Human Capital Project team to examine the development trajectories of selected countries that have prioritized investments in key human capital outcomes.

Recent Reports

The 2020 HCI: Visualization

2020 HCI: Country Briefs and Data

2020 HCI: Country Briefs and Data

Download the Country Briefs (updated October 2022) that put Human Capital Index (HCI) country data in perspective with Human Capital Complementary Indicators (HCCIs), and specialized Excel files that include detailed data, sources, and methods. These files are available for 172 countries that had sufficient data to calculate an HCI value in September 2020. You can download the full HCI 2020 report here. Answers to some frequently asked questions about the HCI can be found here.

Looking for more data? Visit the WBG Databank to see the online HCI database, the HCI World Development Indicator interface, or to find additional metadata. The HCI 2020 also references the socioeconomically-disaggregated Human Capital Index (SES-HCI).