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400 youth from 117 countries to present innovative ideas on how to invest in people

Workshop participants discuss their innovative ideas at the 2017 World Bank Group Youth Summit. © World Bank
Workshop participants discuss their innovative ideas at the 2017 World Bank Group Youth Summit. © World Bank

Without investing in their people, countries cannot sustain economic growth, they will not have a skilled workforce ready for the jobs of tomorrow and they will not be able to participate effectively in the global economy.

That is why the World Bank Group is joining forces to increase investments in human capital - in the knowledge, skills and health that people accumulate throughout their lives.

Youth from all corners of the world will congregate in Washington DC for next week’s 2018 World Bank Group Youth Summit.  This year’s Summit is designed to inspire fresh thinking on how to close the human capital gap.

During the two-day event, 400 students and young professionals from 117 countries will present innovative ideas to contribute to shrinking the human capital gap and foster the skills and well-being of individuals and will participate in sessions and workshops with experts from the World Bank Group, IBM, Intel, the United Nations and Stanford, among many others.

This year’s Summit will seek to provide youth with a forum to share their ideas and learn from one another, encouraging the creation of innovative and equitable initiatives and the development of capabilities required in our ever-evolving future.

So far, the conversation has been held at government/policy makers level, but the future generation is very interested in participating in the conversation as we have seen receiving more thousands of applications to participate in our event.

Even though our registration to attend in person is closed, you can still follow the event! Connect, engage and watch to take full advantage of everything the Summit has to offer. 

We will be streaming on World Bank Live and tweeting live from @WorldBankLive using the hashtag #WBGyouthsummit! Don’t miss the conversation and join our Facebook group.

The focus themes for the 2018 Summit, Unleashing the Power of Human Capital, include:

Early Years 

December 3, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 ET | The Future of Investing in the Early Years 
World Bank’s Human Capital Project 

December 3, 2018 | 14:00 – 14:30 ET | Investing in People and Human Capital Development

December 3, 2018 | 14:30 – 15:00 ET | The Human Capital Project and the Human Capital Index 


December 3, 2018 | 15:00 – 16:45 ET |Leveraging Technology to Ramp Up Human Potential

December 4, 2018 | 15:30 – 16:00 ET | Innovative Technology in Education and How Youth Can Use It 


December 4, 2018 | 11:45 – 12:15 ET | Disruption in Work - the Future of Jobs

December 4, 2018 | 13:40 – 15:15 ET | Maximizing Contributions in the Jobs of Tomorrow

For more information on the Summit, click here.


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