By improving their skills, health, knowledge, and resilience—their human capital—people can be more productive, flexible, and innovative. Human capital (HC) is a central driver of sustainable…

Martín E. De Simone, Janssen Teixeira, Alice Renaud, Binta Massaquoi |

For the world’s poorest people, COVID-19 has brought an unparalleled social and economic shock. And for those living in countries affected by fragility and conflict, the challenge is compounded.…

Samuel Munzele Maimbo, Stefan Emblad |

A professor teaching cell biology and biochemistry at a university in Africa. (Stephan Gladieu / World Bank) Happy UN Day for South –South Cooperation!   Investment in skills is vital to economic…

Rama George-Alleyne |

Just two weeks ago, the citizens of Sierra Leone celebrated the end of Ebola transmission in their country with cheering and dancing in the streets of Freetown. It’s a milestone worth celebrating…

Joachim von Amsberg |

In the last couple of months, we saw some amazing events making the news headlines. From World Bank President Jim Kim’s outstanding lecture at Georgetown University on “Lessons from Ebola”, to the…

Mariana Dahan |

Much of the media coverage of children during West Africa’s Ebola epidemic has been focused on orphans. Repeatedly, we have read heartbreaking stories of children who have lost parents to the…

David Evans, Anna Popova |

This week’s links include continuing global coverage of the Ebola crisis response. Each Friday, we share a selection of global health Tweets, infographics, blog posts, videos and more. Follow us @…

Aisha Faquir |